Thanks to Shelton Theater’s lighthouse program and Theatre Bay Area, Ai and Taylor Wuthrich are proudly producing an absurdist Japanese Bunraku parody, Puppet Show. Puppet Show is written by Ai and directed by Taylor Wuthrich.
PUPPET SHOW is an absurdist parody of Bunraku, a form of traditional Japanese puppet theater, and an experimental play-within-a-play that raises life’s big, philosophical questions: “Who are we?” “Do we have free will?” “Can we change our destiny?” “Are we in control of our own lives?” “Who is pulling the strings?”
The story of PUPPET SHOW revolves around the protagonist Sabu, who one day awakens to the fact that not only is he a puppet and a character in a play, and his life merely a script written by an unknown playwright, but also that he is a tragic hero doomed to die a miserable death in the last scene. But unlike the protagonists in traditional Bunraku plays who end up committing suicide due to their inability to change their fate, Sabu dares to turn around his fortune for the better and to forge his own destiny by taking up his pen and rewriting his story.
CAST: Andre Chan, Pablo Hamlin, Alice Highman, Regina Leon, Julia Livesey, Erin Perry, Mimu Tsujimura, Tré Zijuan Tyler, Kyle Williams, Drew Wolff.
CREATIVE TEAM: Ai (Playwright), Nick Ishimaru (Dramaturg), Isaac Fine (Set/Props Design), Keiko Shimosato Carreiro (Costume Design), and Taylor Wuthrich (Director/Light Design).
Bar opens at 6:15pm (drinks are allowed in the theater). There is an elevator.