Sock Puppet Noir
With this production of D.O.A. Sock Puppet Sitcom Theater leaps from the “little screen” to the “silver screen” in its first adaptation of a feature film. Based the infamous 1950 classic it is presented in glorious black and white. This gritty period piece tells the fast-paced story of how a sock puppet from Banning, CA named Frank Bigelow ends up poisoned to death in the Homicide Department of the LAPD. It’s a journey that takes him from the jive-crazy clubs of bohemian San Francisco to the treacherous underbelly of the LA crime scene.
D.O.A. is told using sock puppets and simple miniature scenic elements behind a freestanding puppet stage, which conceals the performers. Through the use of light, sound and scenic effects the show aims to create a mash-up that feels equal part radio show, puppet show and cinema. D.O.A. is a classic film noir tale combining many of the troupes that define the genre. And downtown LA is the backdrop with many shot at the Bradbury Building and on Broadway.
Keith Ferguson (performer)
Mark Hayward (co-producer/writer/designer)
Charley Knapp (co-producer/performer)
Eric McCann (bass)
Hadley Meares (performer)
Erin Parks (performer)
Guy Picot (director)
Kevin Widener (percussion/Foley)
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