LOS ANGELES, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Australian theater company Dead Puppet
Society is announcing "Argus," a new puppet-based, visual stage show
that is being pitched for a U.S. premiere and run in the New York City
metropolitan area. The show is set to first debut in June at the
Brisbane Powerhouse in Queensland, Australia.
The story follows Argus, a creature who lives at the bottom of a garden.
A gardener unwittingly carries away Argus' family to a trash truck, and
Argus embarks on an epic journey to find them.
"It's almost like The Odyssey or The Iliad in structure," says David
Morton, Dead Puppet Society's Artistic Director. "The real calling for
the show is making use of a form of puppetry where all of the
characters are made of just the performer's hands."
Morton is a profound theater director, designer and puppet maker known
for his work on "The Harbinger," which earned a 2013 Matilda Award
nomination for Best Mainstage Production.
Nicholas Paine serves as Dead Puppet Society's Managing Producer and
Whitney Eglington is the company's Technical Director.
"Argus has something for everyone," Paine said. "We've got a
heartwarming story told through a wonderfully creative form of visual
theater that has been drawn together under the outstanding vision of
David Morton who has really taken the creative reigns and allowed for
Argus to find an American audience."
The show is presented on a five and a half foot circular trust that
spins on roller coaster wheels. "We approach our work with more of a
filmmaking sensibility than a theatrical one," Morton said. "We aim to
create theater through the use of puppets that are deeply imaginative
and based on epic, fantastical worlds."
The Dead Puppet Society received a grant to develop "Argus" from the Jim
Henson Foundation, which fosters the development of new contemporary
American puppet shows. They also received funds from the Australia
Council for the Arts, the national arts funding and advisory body in
Australia. This grant has also afforded them the opportunity of working
with Handspring Puppet Company, which designed the acclaimed stage
puppetry for "War Horse."
SOURCE: David Morton
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