by Heidi Rugg
Part of our TOP TEN series:
Yes, that's a cute little turn on a phrase, but it's true. Puppetry has the ability to use space, scale, time, characters, and storylines differently from other forms of theater. Puppets do not interact with reality like humans do. They can interact with gravity in a way that humans cannot, be fantastical, make the unreal real, take the audience out of their human mindset, truncate time with ease, and so much more. Objects can become characters. Characters can become anything. The most difficult topics can be made to evoke laughter without taking away the seriousness of the subject. Death can be a character that is equally believable as all the other characters.
I've been fortunate enough to see some truly unique performances over the years and look forward to bringing these shows to share with audiences in RVA!
Heidi Rugg is a puppet artist, mom, maker of stuff, and the founder of Puppets Off-Broad Street. Her company, Barefoot Puppet Theatre, has toured all over the country. She lives in Richmond's Northside with her husband, Sam, two daughters as different as rain and ribbons, a cat named Moxie, a lizard named Pepper, and a legion of nameless dust-bunnies.
Christopher Hudert is a is a versatile artist whose skills include script writing, sculpting, set and puppet construction, puppetry, clowning, stilt walking, juggling and much more. His company, Applause Unlimited, has toured extensively. He lives in Lakeside with his family.