- Danté J. Finley Rebel Idiot Photography
- Help! Murder! Puppets!, Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 9 p.m., Zodiac Venue and Bar, 230 Pueblo Ave., facebook.com/THEATREdART.
Since the TdA crew decided on the direction of the piece (and the puppetry, of course) the show has “outgrown its original parameters,” Walker says. Relying heavily on immersion and audience interaction, Help! Murder! Puppets! will include audience participation in the form of a raucous drinking game, plus full-frontal puppet burlesque and the brutal murder of at least eight puppets. “What can I say?” Walker says. “Stuffing.”
Equally exciting: In the dark, gritty world of Walker’s weird imagination, local band The Elegant Steamroller will become the No Strings Attached Meat Puppet Band, and play live music to accompany the show. They’ve created an entirely original score, plus dramatic underscoring to really set the mood.
Though the show can only run two nights, due to the rampant destruction of the puppets TdA spent so much time creating and customizing, Walker says a great deal of work has gone into this production, and they might give it a go again someday. “If it goes well, why not? You make a little cult following out of it, and say ‘this month at this bar’ or something.”
Currently without a venue of its own, THEATREdART has been stretching itself to, in Walker’s words, “stay present in the community.” Bar-hopping with a cast and crew of doomed-to-death puppets should certainly get some jaws wagging.