News: No Puppet Co. Presents Video Puppet Play "Crush" on YouTube Now Through August 20th

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No Puppet Co. (Krista Knight and Barry Brinegar) are presenting the world premiere of Crush, a video puppet play written by Krista Knight, presented in six parts and released in separate installments on YouTube, from August 4th through 20th.

Picking up roughly from where Kafka left off—a loner, squatter, and rebel dares to love.
We follow the anti-morphosis through a series of beat poetry performances as our hero draws nearer to the object of his desire and his undoing.

Playwright and co-creator Krista Knight is a Juilliard School Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellow (2016-2018), Page 73 Playwriting Fellow (2007), MacDowell Fellow (2008), Shank Playwriting Fellow at the Vineyard Theatre (2011-2012), Vanderbilt Writer-in-Residence (2020), the Chance Theater Resident Playwright (2020), and winner of the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville (2016). Co-creator Barry Brinegar is a composer, performer, and multi-media artist originally from Siloam Springs, Arkansas with a minimalist approach to production that yields short, simple, allusive and infectious pop hooks and who fronts the band David's Pegasus in NYC while continuing development of various multimedia and theatrical IPs with Knight.

When Knight's play Crush, a finalist for the 45th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, was canceled due to COVID-19, Knight and Brinegar decided to use the virtual tools they'd been experimenting with prior to the pandemic to create something completely remotely, completely in-house. Literally, in their house. Crush was created in Knight and Brinegar’s 500 sq-ft home studio in the East Village. They recorded actor Ben Beckley in two sessions over Zoom (on his iPhone) and set up a home nerve center with 5 monitors (assembled from a motley crew of tablets, computers, and spare screens) and used virtual technologies to capture motion in 3D space to match the vocal performance. With one person in virtual reality and the other watching the footage, they recorded the live animation.

The voice of the cockroach is provided by Ben Beckley (What the Constitution Means to Me on Broadway; HOME/SICK with The Assembly), who appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.

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