All Puppet Players Bring "Pure Puppet Anarchy" to Phoenix This Fall
If you've seen Forgetting Sarah Marshall, in which Jason Segel's character lives out his dream of creating an all-puppet Dracula musical, then you might have a pretty good idea of what a puppet satire of 50 Shades of Grey would look like. Imagine people dressed in black acting out sexy scenes with Sesame Street-style puppets.
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According to All Puppet Players owner and artistic director Shaun Michael McNamara, that's pretty much exactly what you can expect when his troupe premières 50 Shades of Felt at Phoenix Theater's Little Theater this fall.
The troupe comes to the Valley this month by way of southern California, where they had successful runs of shows including McNamara's original The Exorcist Has No Legs. McNamara writes and directs all the troupe's work. He started the group in 2010, when he used his savings to put on a four-show run of his original work "Hamlet Has No Legs." The parody of a classic Shakespeare play was a bigger success than he imagined it would be, and before he knew it he was using crowd funding to produce Frankenstein Has No Legs, and staging the regional premiere of Avenue Q.
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McNamara says he started working with puppets in fifth grade, thanks to an after-school program. Since those days, he's worked at Universal Studios and Disney on projects such as donkey from Shrek and voice puppetry for Crush at Disneyland's Finding Nemo Experience ride. These days he and his troupe are about showing people that the high quality puppets are most definitely not just for kids.
"We want to show them what puppets can really do," he says.