DREAMING: Little Nemo In Slumberland Revisited
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.
For an in-depth photo essay on the finished project, please visit lens.duke.edu/puppet-mastery
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Winsor McCay’s work was incredibly influential for comics and cartoons, but his art also contains outdated, offensive and racially charged imagery.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. With support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, puppet performance coach Evan Mitchell will coach the students as they perform with puppets for the very first time. 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.
Torry Bend, director/designer
Howard Craft, playwright
Robert Chamberlain, composer/musician
Liz Droessler, lighting designer
Reilly Johnson, costume designer*
Todd Warner, sound designer
Tyler Kless, assistant sound designer/board operator
Anne Driscoll, stage manager*
Drina Dunlap, production assistant
Lindsey Elcessor, lead puppet builder
Evan Mitchell, puppet performance coach
Rich Kless, technical director
David Berberian, scene shop supervisor
Jessica Minor, senior technician
Dierdre Shipman, producer
PUPPETEERS (Note that student puppeteers also designed and built puppets, and created scenes)
Maria Zurita Ontiveros
*students enrolled in THEATRST 350
Production support from the Department of Theater Studies staff, Cynthia Bunn and Rachel Thimke, and the UCAE staff of Theater Operations, under the direction of Marcy Edenfield.