DREAMING: Little Nemo In Slumberland Revisited

title plus Winsor McCay graphic
Spring, 2018
Written By: Howard L. Craft
Directed By: Torry Bend
An original faculty work-in-progress

April 13 & 14 at 8p, April 15 at 2p in Sheafer Theater, free admission

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 spring 2018 mainstage production course.  

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Winsor McCay’s work was incredibly influential for comics and cartoons, but his art also contains outdated, offensive and racially charged imagery.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 explore adaptation techniques for performance today.  During the semester, students will both follow Howard Craft in his writing process and develop scenes for the production, as they learn the necessary skills to create a puppet show including puppet design, construction and performance. There will be final performances which will include conversation about confronting this material, a reading of Craft’s script and performed scenes developed over the semester.