Friday, June 1, 2012

A Puppet Play, on the Way...

 Asbjornsen, Peter Christen and Moe, Jorgen. 
East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the North. 
Kay Nielsen, illustrator. New York: George H. Doran, n.d. [1914].

I'm hard at work on a puppet show rendition of the old Scandinavian fairy tale, "East O' the Sun, West O' the Moon." It will be set in the post-gold rush mountains and river valleys of California, told in many voices. Steve Coleman, brilliant and whimsical set-designer, artist and puppet-maker, of Mill Valley, is my artistic partner in crime. My boyfriend and brother are on board as musicians, and there is an array of possible players, felt-makers, wood-painters, to be gathered.

This is my favorite illustration from the classic version, a little taste for you of something strange and wild and delightful to come. I'm going to put up a few pieces of the puppet play this weekend, with photos of Steve's delicious work. This is just to whet the appetite a bit.

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous graphics, looking forward to the whole performance!