Five Firsts: Wit’s End Puppets in 2015

It’s been a busy year here at Wit’s End Puppets; a year filled with new work and new friends and collaborators! Here is a list of our top five ‘first’ moments from the year.

IMG_23095. First crankie!
Ever since I saw Katherine Fahey’s amazing crankies, I’ve wanted to tackle constructing one ourselves. It was a thrill to work with Katherine this year on our shadow play Saudade. 

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4. First Fringe show in way too long!
Our very first show using the name Wit’s End Puppets was back in 2010 for the Capital Fringe Festival. We had a wonderful time working with banished? productions on their piece I Thought the Earth Remembered Me for this year’s festival.

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3. First video shoot!
It was a whole new world for us, incorporating puppets into a gothic, lush set for a music video with She Monster Productions.

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2. First City Arts Project grant! 
We are thrilled that DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities decided to award us a grant to tour Saudade around the city in collaboration with the American Immigration Council and GALA Hispanic Theatre. If you would like to help support this tour and send us to even more places, you can donate here!

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1.First International performance!
Traveling to Winnipeg for the Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival was an amazing opportunity. We met so many incredible artists and teachers; people who work every day to help immigrants and refugees in Winnipeg. It was an honor to share our art with them and hear their thoughts and stories.

Here’s to a 2016 that’s just as rewarding and exciting!

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Goodbye 2014…Hello 2015!

We’re heading into a new year, with new projects and adventures on the horizon. Thank you for reading our blog this year, for coming to our shows, for commenting on Facebook or Twitter and cheering us on. The audience is an essential part of any performance work and we value every single one of you, either online or in real life. We hope to see you again soon!

Kismet hanging out in front of Casa Rosada, one of the most well-known buildings in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Kismet hanging out in front of Casa Rosada, one of the most well-known buildings in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Kismet in La Boca, the neighborhood where the Grupo Teatro Catalinas Sur has their theater and puppet company.

Kismet in La Boca, the neighborhood where the Grupo Teatro Catalinas Sur has their theater and puppet company.

Kismet in shadow, part of a workshop piece at the festival Titiriteros Juglares, near Cordoba, Argentina.

Kismet in shadow, part of a workshop piece at the festival Titiriteros Juglares, near Cordoba, Argentina.