DREAMING: Little Nemo In Slumberland Revisited

Friday, April 13, 2018 to Sunday, April 15, 2018

INFO SESSION on class, Jan. 10, 6:15p

Duke Theater Studies faculty designer/puppeteer Professor Torry Bend and award-winning playwright Howard L. Craft bring their process of creating a new work to the department's mainstage production class. Students will be introduced to the necessary skills to create a puppet show including puppet design, construction and performance.  

The project will begin with a single source material, Winsor McCay's weekly comic Little Nemo in Slumberland (which ran in the New York Herald from 1905 to 1911) and create a puppet show from that material. The class will cover the beginning phases of that development. 

Winsor McCay’s work was incredibly influential for comics and cartoons, but his art also contains outdated, offensive and racially charged imagery. Participants in the project will confront this material and discuss how to adapt for performance today.  During the semester, students will follow Howard Craft in his writing process as they develop scenes for the production. There will be final performances which will include conversation about confronting this material, a reading of Craft’s script and performed scenes. 

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 8:00pm
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 8:00pm
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 2:00pm
DREAMING: Little Nemo In Slumberland Revisited

Sheafer Theater