10 April 2012

White Like Me: A Honky-Dory Puppet Show

Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most original and talented political satirists working in the theater,” Paul Zaloom presents a comedy about the changing face of race in America. White Like Me: A Honky-Dory Puppet Show tackles the gnarly subject of the upcoming de-honky-ization of the United States when white people in America will be what art critic Lucy Lippard once called, "just another other." Employing toy theater puppetry and ventriloquism, Zaloom explores hidden anxieties among the Caucasian majority, including his own.

Paul Zaloom is a comedic puppeteer, political satirist, filmmaker, and performance artist who lives and works in Los Angeles and tours his work internationally. Zaloom has written, designed and performed 13 full length solo spectacles, including Fruit of Zaloom, Velvetville, his latest, with Lynn Jeffries, The Adventures of White-Man.

I remember the first time I ever saw Paul performing, was on a Jim Henson pilot video in the mid-eighties, when Henson invited Zaloom to perform in "Inner Tube Test", an experimental piece he was working on which later he developed into The Jim Henson Hour.  Zaloom is performing his latest piece 'White Like Me' from 20 to 22 April at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, USA. For more information, click here.

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