Puppet Crimes is a raucously hilarious show about survival. German hand puppet heroes Kasper and Gretel struggle to make a living in an old shack on the margins of society. As 400 centuries pass through their little puppet booth, war is always raging and Kasper tries to avoid getting blamed, arrested and drafted, yet this petty puppet ends up being the scapegoat for larger crimes. In a grotesque world of gun-runners, outhouses, and a declining monarchy, Kasper (with the humor and wit of the common man) ducks out from under authority and manages to survive another 200 years. The third character in this spectacle is the villain Dietmar, corrupt emissary to the king who deals in weapons and bullies Kasper with his gun wielding authority. Each scene poses a grotesque circumstance with a comic twist that explores the tradition of Kasper’s character and its timeless relevance to today’s world.
This is an action packed work in progress show, inspired by German, British and Italian hand puppet traditions. The first stage of development was generously supported by a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation.