1999 – Twelve years ago in Pittsburgh. I was as knowledgeable about puppetry as I as was about mechanical engineering. For the first Black Sheep Puppet Festival, I built life-sized puppets out of inch-thick plywood. Music was a mix of Sonic Youth, Pixies, Talking Heads and contemporary jazz samples that I captured with a tape recorder. The only smart move was making the giant snake out of foam core. The plot was ridiculous. (Most likely comparable to an episode of Beverly Hills 90210) The following year, I found help in recording original music. Puppets evolved into lightweight creatures with movable parts. The plots became more complex.
I recently converted my documentation of the show. (from VHS!) Above are a few stills.