Drama of Works in association with
The Tank presents...
PUNCH Puppet Slam:
THE TANK THEATER
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.
PROGRAM CREDITS & BIOS!
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
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
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. www.katebrehm.com
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: oompapossumpuppets.com
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: www.michellefinston.com Special thanks to Drama of Works, family, friends, and the classic Never Ending Story!
Morla scene by Marianna Gallegos
Steffen Diem Garcia-Morla/Gmork
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: delaluzmarianna.com
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