She Designs Monsters: Puppetry Maven Alexandra Herryman

We’ve already established that you can’t write a play called SHE KILLS MONSTERS without having some pretty serious monster action. Qui Nguyen’s script is peppered with TSR’s baddest beasts – but summoning a monster on stage is a whole other ball game from writing it into a script.

Enter puppet designer Alexandra Herryman – Alexandra will draw on a wide variety of puppetry techniques to construct the baddies for the show. She was kind enough to share some of her prime sources with all of you guys:

Puppet Designer Alexandra Herryman with her three wise moon men puppets from "A Puppet Nativity."

Puppet Designer Alexandra Herryman with her three wise moon men puppets from “A Puppet Nativity.”


Nothing says “elegant shadow play” like contemporary dance ensemble PILOBOLUS. 


Farrah the Fairy might be played by a “humanette” puppet double like the ones in this music video by Sia. But can the Humanette wield a knife??


A lot of Alexandra’s puppetry training comes from the Bread and Puppet large-scale pageant puppet style.


In a theater like the Plaza at the Boston Center for the Arts where the ceilings are only 12 feet tall, one of Alexandra’s biggest challenges will be making big monsters look really big. Julie Taymor plays with scale really effectively in her 1997 stage adaptation of THE LION KING

 

 

 

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