Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Lola Unplugged

Some good news: Eating with Lola will be showcased at the Next Stage Festival in January 2011.

Bad news: I can not, I must not, go onstage with a puppet I bought in a store.

Don't get me wrong, though. I do love Lola 1.0 very much. You might not think so considering how I've sewn her mouth shut, sliced the back of her neck and stuffed her into a wire basket en route to rehearsals at fu-GEN.

Now, armed with some tips from my director, Ann Powell of the Puppetmongers and an assortment of knick-knacks from Walmart crafts section, I am ready to produce Lola 2.0.

Some changes:

*As per Theatre Passe Muraille's AD, Andy McKim's suggestion, I chose eyes that weren't too wide and starry. I've opted for ones that are beady to make you question how well Lola can see.

*She now has a severe under bite. I always pictured her like this in my head. This will change the way she speaks now. Since she suffers from a stroke in the play, this may be due to facial paralysis.

*As per Ann Powell's suggestion, I have taken all stuffing out of her arms so that she can be more flexible. She just has beads as weights in her palms and a joint in her elbow.

Let's see how she works.

Thanks to my partner, Pavey, for helping me with the sewing ideas and cheering me (the anti-Martha Stewart) on. Phew!

1 comment:

  1. thos3 ar3 amazing and cr3ative r3asons for changing lola!

    underbite? and then it's cause of a stroke? what? that's cool.

    and the small beady eyes closer together to make you question how well lola can see! cuz old people squint to try to get their focus right and thats why they have squinty small eyes...