A Quarreling Pair: a triptych of small puppet plays
by Jane Bowles, Lally Katz & Cynthia Troup
directed by Margaret Cameron
Following revelatory sell-out seasons at La Mama Melbourne and Malthouse Theatre Melbourne, "A Quarreling Pair" by Australia's Aphids returns to its inspirational and intellectual source, New York City, to be presented by La MaMa E.T.C., 74A East Fourth Street from October 29 to November 8. The production is part of La MaMa Puppet Series 3, a trio of adult puppet theater productions that are brimming with international art forms. The series is curated by Denise Greber. "A Quarreling Pair" is actually an evening of three miniature puppet plays including the play by that name written by American avant-garde writer Jane Bowles in the 1940s. Bowles' play is an intense study of the desire to feel both safe and free in our most precious relationships. Aphids' evening adds two more plays for the same two sister characters, one written by Lally Katz and one written by Cynthia Troup. Both of these plays are filled with Bowles' unique blend of comedy and dark candour and elaborate on her ambivalent imagery. In "Mr Peterson's Milk" by Lally Katz, the sisters are fearlessly together, sharing a surreal adventure inside the milkman's brain. "And When They Were Good" by Cynthia Troup finds the sisters restless, inhabiting an old fairytale. The evening vividly combines object theatre, live actors, puppets and music. They are performed by actor Caroline Lee and puppeteer Sarah Kriegler and directed by Margaret Cameron. Sound design is by Jethro Woodward.
10/29/2009 at 8:00pm