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Drama of Works in association with 
The Tank presents...

PUNCH Puppet Slam: 

November 17th & November 18th @ 7pm 
Also being LIVE-STREAMED on CyberTank

Thank you for joining us as we save Fantasia from the Nothing. Watch in amazement as these completely unrelated puppet artists re-tell this tale in the most bizarre fashion. 
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Organized and directed by Gretchen Van Lente

Stage Manager - Taylor Harrison

Prologue, Epilogue and all transitions by Drama of Works

Text edited and adapted by the company
Bastian - Kevin P. Hale
Coreander, Falcor (& others) - Scott Weber

Atreyu - Gretchen Van Lente

Childlike Empress (& others) - Amy Carrigan

Puppets designed by the company

Puppet-making helpers - Andrea Chrem, Taylor Harrison, Zoe Jensen de Pedro, and Nori Lamarre

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Messengers scene by Muna & Gab

Muna: Stop motion animation & Voice of Nighthob & Tiny

Gab: Cut-out puppetry & Voice of Will-O’-Th’-Wisp

Eva Langsberry: Voice of Rock Biter

Muna: @mo_cubed
Gab: @gtovis

Ivory Tower scene by Kate Brehm, imnotlost

Kate Brehm is a puppeteer and movement director. Her company, imnotlost, produces puppet shows, plays, and interactive events in NYC. Fun performing credits: Psychic Self Defense by Normandy Sherwood, Dogugaeshi and Symphonie Fantastique by Basil Twist, Unicorn Afterlife by Justin Perkins, Beautiful Evil Lost by Viva Deconcini, The Poofs in Dumbo by imnotlost. Cool directing credits: The Poacher at Harvard University, The Eye Which We Do Not Have by imnotlost at Here Arts Center, Book of Mountains and Seas (associate director Amsterdam tour) dir Basil Twist. 

Artax scene by Kimberly Van Aelst & Michelle Finston

Kimberly Van Aelst is a multi-faceted puppeteer and no virgin to Drama of Work's puppet slam stage. She is the artistic director of OompaPossum Puppets bringing puppetry enchantment to audiences worldwide and is a two time recipient of a Kennedy Center Award and Connecticut Coalition on the Arts Award. For more info: 

Special thanks to my husband Kevin and our son Gus for their support and shared love of puppetry. Thank you Drama of Works for allowing me to revisit this terrifying scene and giving me the space to approach it from a new perspective in my adult mind. Thank you also to Michelle for combining creative forces and thank you to all the puppeteers tonight! I truly treasure these moments with you!!

Michelle Finston is an international performance artist, educator, and kick ass puppeteer. Michelle’s short form puppet performances and workshops have been selected to perform at numerous Puppet Slams and National Puppetry Festivals. Michelle has trained with The Eugene O’Neill National Puppetry Conference, Sesame Street Workshop, NTI, Sandglass Institute, Complicité, and The Magnet Theater. Michelle is hirable to direct, perform, puppeteer, or coach you as a teaching artist. Check out: Special thanks to Drama of Works, family, friends, and the classic Never Ending Story!

Morla scene by Marianna Gallegos

Marianna Gallegos-Morla/Falcor

Steffen Diem Garcia-Morla/Gmork

Rachel Edwards-Atreyu

Marianna Gallegos is a Chicago based actress and this is her New York City Debut! You can see more of her work on her website:

The Oracle scene by Confident Baby Puppetry

Performed by Luke Elmer and Heather Mo'Witz

Luke comes to puppetry with a backround in clown theater & sideshow arts. He has performed puppetry at Puppets Come Home in Coney Island, Boxcutter Collectives cafe de cheap artistes at Jalopy theater, with Junktown Duende at the International Puppetry festival at the Clemente Soto cultural center among others. Luke is thrilled to join Drama of Works for his 3rd Punch puppetslam! 

Heather Mo’Witz is an actor and multidisciplinary performance artist. Best known for her immersive characters and long-form, improvisational movement, Heather has been shocking the streets (as well as more formal venues!) of NYC for over a decade. Heather has a BA in Theatre from Lewis & Clark College, is an alum of the "artivism" program EmergeNYC, and has been a recurring collaborator at Nancy Manocherian’s the cell theatre. This will be the first time Heather has explored life as a humanette! You can follow her on Instagrram @believeinchocolate

The Nothing scene by Crooked Square Puppetry

Performed by Sonya Sobieski

Voiceover by Robert Davenport

Crooked Square Puppetry was founded during the 2020 pandemic by a theater-deprived New York City playwright (and long-time crafter) seeking a creative outlet. Her short films and live performances have been presented around the country and in Canada by the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry, Puppet Showplace Theater, Mayo Street Arts, Winnipeg Puppet Slam, Nite at the Puppet Asylum, and Café Concret, and in NYC by Drama of Works, Puppet Spread at The Tank, and Puppets Come Home in Coney Island. YouTube: @crookedsquarepuppetry and Instagram: @crookedsquare

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The TANK is supported by:

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PUNCH Puppet Slam is generously supported by the Puppet Slam Network!

PUNCH Puppet slam - where we take a theme or event or story and retell it in order with a number of different artists, creating a collage of an experience. You can read all about it and view our previous themes HERE. Obviously we’d like most of the pieces to be told with puppets, but are open to other forms of visual storytelling. Our slam evenings often relate to current events and in this moment we are committed to furthering our mission to bring people together through multimedia performance - and FUN!!!

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