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Summer 2012 Volume 63, No. 4



2 Paul Mesner Puppets – Marking 25 Years in Kansas City, by Seth Bate


6 An Interview With Terry Fator, by Erik Torbeck

9 Puppet Festival (r)Evolution is Coming, by Carole D’Agostino and Spencer Lott

10 Generations – A Puppeteer’s Daughter / Producing “Lenz: A Puppet Play,” by Manon Mana vit

12 Sandglass Theater – “All Weather Ballads: (Reviewed by Paul Eide) About Control, by Eric Bass

15 Accepting Credit Cards with Square, by Christopher Hudert

17 Larry Schmidt’s Yard Haunt and “Driveway Follies,” by Larry Schmidt

19 UNIMA 2012 Congress and World Festival in Chengdu, China, by Nancy Staub, Karen Smith, and Steve Abrams

23 Puppetry in Education and Therapy – Orlando Retreat Hosted by MicheLee Puppets, by Judith O’Hare


16 A Bob’s Eye View – Bob Nathanson– “A Tale of Two Stages”

24 Scene East – Steve Abrams – “Hand Stories”

26 Scene West - Beth Fernandez – Happenings on the West Coast

27 Scene Between – Monica Leo – Remembering Teri Jean Breitbach

28 At Large – Edited by Paul Eide – Arlyn Awards, Puppetry Track at Dragon *Con, UNIMA-USA Citation Winners, Charlotte Randall Puppets on Exhibit, Alan Cook Named UNIMA “Member of Honor,” MoMA Presents a Quay Brothers Retrospective, Kramer Marionettes Featured on “How It’s Made”

“Flexitube,” by Craig Marin (P. 8)


25  Remembering Carol Daniel Klein,  by Dr. Gerald Klein

PLAYBOARD SUMMER 2012,  edited by Fred Thompson



32 Health Insurance

Inside front cover:   Puppet Festival  (r) Evolution

Inside back cover:  Henson Foundation, Festival DVD, “A Punch Line”


Cover design by Paul Eide

Image information:  PMP staff with puppets from their 2012-2013 season (Mike Horner, Paul Mesner, Gabby Baculi, Kandice Walker) – photo by Vernon Leat

Paul Mesner with beard, 1977

Paul Mesner with Georgette – photo by Vernon Leat

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