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REVISIT – LaMama Coffeehouse Chronicles #129 – Contemporary Puppet Theater

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Five years ago LaMama theater presented this wonderful ‘Coffeehouse Chronicles’ examining the contemporary puppet theater from the 1970s to 2015. I thought it would bring some joy to those that missed this wonderful event and others to repost in these difficult times.


Contemporary Puppet Theater

Curator: Michal Gamily

Panelists: Ralph Lee, Roman Paska, Lake Simons and Amy Trompetter

Cheryl Henson introduces the evening’s agenda to the audience.


Federico Restrepo talks to the audience about his show “Undefined Fraction”. 

Lake Simons performs an excerpt from “Wind Set Up”.

Amy Trompetter talks to the audience about her history performing political theater with puppets.

Roman Paska talks about his work and the 1970’s and it’s influences

Coffeehouse Chronicles #129 participants: L to R – Amy Trompetter, Arthur Adair, Roman Paska, Lake Simons, Michal Gamily, Cheryl Henson, Jane Catherine Shaw, Ralph Lee.


Here are 2 videos that include much of the afternoon’s discussions.
Part 1 and Part 2

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La MaMa | 57th Season

Being a big fan of LaMama I present to you the new promo video for their 57th Season!

Upcoming highlights include a session of Coffeehouse Chronicles dedicated to the work of Andrei Serban followed in November by a session on puppeteer genius Ralph Lee.

Also coming this season is the La MaMa Puppet Festival.

For more information on other great performances and events visit: LaMama

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Vaudevisuals Interview with Ralph Lee – Mask Maker/Puppeteer/Actor

Upon entering Ralph Lee‘s apartment I glanced up at a small loft bed and was greeted by a large mask.

Ralph explained to me it was the used in the first Greenwich Village Halloween Parade in 1974.

A Ralph Lee mask used in the first Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.

In 1976 Ralph Lee became the Artistic Director of the Mettawee River Theatre Company.

In this in-depth interview Ralph traces his early days in college to the present day show at St. John’s The Divine (Opening of Xu Bing’s PHOENIX exhibit)where he shares the bill with aerialist Philippe Petit.

For more information on Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theater Company go here.

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“The puppets themselves, designed and created by the legendary Ralph Lee, are charming and realistic.” Gail Burns

“Renowned puppet and mask maker Ralph Lee, whose creations range from intricate and wonderfully sophisticated puppets to the naughty Land Shark on Saturday Night Live.” Broadway World.com
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