Live Socks! Dec 8, 2012
by Eric Pitsenbarger
A puppet stage is the arena of super powers and locked within this framework is the luscious, generous invitation to create something of your own. A simple box with a hole it in allows for the shift. On a stage, with the 'props' and trappings of reality we're bent towards a new dimension and join with the testing illusion of live socks. What we will to life IS and giving ourselves that delicious feeling of silly delight in creating our own reality is sublimely human. It gives me fuel, powers up the neurons and allows for my not so 'inner child' to thrive. It's one of the reasons OTB and the programing here has effected me so deeply. I get to entertain myself while I'm working!
I have a special attention disorder towards puppetry in particular...I adore it. For the shamanistic and ultimately clever qualities of repurposed socks, the sets made of cardboard and fur, pipes and string...the articles of a tool box shaped towards an expanding universe! The DIY'r in me rejoices, while analytic gears roll around and around. The roller coaster ride of simultaneously enjoying nostalgia, noting sly, wonderful details and of being surprised. Kyle Loven's "Loss Machine" tests and elevates the capacity for universe building. The show's been sold out (for good reason!), but luckily I was able to get on the waiting list and rewarded with the stylish manifestation of "life" quite outside the box. Superb.