May Meeting

Andrew PerialeJoin us online this Sunday May 1st at 5:30 PM, for a very special meeting and program. Award-winning puppeteer Andrew Periale, the creator of Mano-a-Monolog, and the editor of Puppetry International for the past 37 years, will join us to discuss Writing FOR and ABOUT Puppet Theater.  A Zoom link has been sent out to all members. To learn more about joining the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry, visit our Membership page.

Andrew is also performing his solo show Mano-a-Monolog at Puppet Showplace on May 13th at 8 PM, a show that will touch your heart and tickle your funny bone. The program consists of 15 original vignettes written in verse and performed in Periale’s twinned identities of actor and puppeteer. From the “Disheartened Bonvivant” (in which a young man of privilege finds that he is not really suited for any sort of work) to “My Dear, I Think of You” (wherein a middle-aged British widow at last feels truly alive!), these pieces give voices to characters who are by turns comic, thoughtful, eerie, and poignant.

Andrew Periale is a puppeteer, playwright, poet and polyglot. He earned a BA in Theater and an MA in German at the University of Maine, where he also created his first full-length puppet show in 1974. Periale and his wife, Bonnie, founded Perry Alley Theatre in 1985. Together, they’ve performed at numerous national and regional festivals, at the Smithsonian Institution, the Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta) and the Jim Henson International Festival of Puppetry. Recognition includes the Paul Vincent Davis Award, the George Latshaw Award, 3 Henson Foundation grants, 3 UNIMA-USA Citations, an Emmy nomination, finalists in the International Festival of Film and Television and, in 2016, they were elected Members of Honor of UNIMA International. They have produced the magazine Puppetry International for the past 37 years.

We hope you will join us online this Sunday at 5:30 for an inspiring discussion with Andrew about the challenges of writing for and about puppet theater. Afterwards we will have SHOW & TELL, so bring a puppet or share your latest project. We will also have our GUILD ELECTIONS for board members (nominations still being accepted.)