five hours until the ypsilanti demon party

The folks at the Dreamland Theater are now 4 hours into their 24-hour puppet show marathon. The footage shown here was taken about 3 hours into the masochistic spectacle of puppetry endurance. I’m sorry the video so shaky, but I was terrified by the Michigan-shaped ghost and the demon-possessed bag of Funyuns… Anyway, it’s a good show. As best as I can figure, the play is about a young woman in “Ypsilanti City” who, after having her boyfriend arrested, and being fired from her cushy position as City Planner, comes across a filthy magic comb that turns her life around. Her name is Slipley Wondersocks. I can’t remember much else, except for the fact that she won the lottery to the tune of $8 billion, and that urban planners have the job of making stop signs and putting them up. Oh, and that dead people, including Abraham Lincoln, Gertrude Stein, Oscar Wilde, her grandmother, and LL Cool J, keep sending her e-mails, inquiring as to the whereabouts of the magic comb. Anyway, it all seems to be building up to a huge party scene that begins at 9:00 tonight, when the demon realm and the human realm somehow become aligned. So, if you don’t have New Year’s plans, and you like hearing puppets making quite funny local references, come on out to Ypsi and join the party. (The show runs until 12:00 noon tomorrow.)

[Another clip can be found here.]

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  1. mark
    Posted December 31, 2008 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    I’m trying to get the video up on YouTube, but it’s giving me trouble…. Hopefully, I’ll get it up soon.

  2. mark
    Posted January 1, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    OK, the video is up now. Enjoy.

    And, if you missed the show, you missed a hell of a good time. We went back this morning and caught the end. Hopefully I’ll get another clip up this evening.

  3. Posted January 1, 2009 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    I was there for a while last night, but didn’t make it back this morning. How did things wind up?

    My favorite exchange:
    “We’re going to listen to Fleetwood Mac and eat potato chips.”
    “Oooh, I love Fleetwood Mac!”
    “I mean, we’re going to listen to Slayer and eat gummy bears.”
    “Oooh, I love Slayer.”
    “It’s a poison-ivy party. Everyone will roll around in poison-ivy.”
    “I’m not allergic.”

    I also liked the doughnut demon very much. It made us think of “A doughnut with a bite out of it also looks like a C, but it is not as good as a cookie!”

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