Pine Boy is a troupe of actors who bring a unique and regular experience of puppet shows to the public with pizzaz, mystery and charm. They specialize in stringed and shadow puppetry but also offer one– and two-man ventriloquism acts, outdoor life-sized puppetry as well as some Bunraku and automata style puppetry. The name of their company comes from an interpretive translation of Pinocchio, whose tale is centuries old and holds both a young appeal and a dark sentiment. They have a very talented and devoted staff, a small workshop, and a puppet house just outside of an urban city. There are other troupes who do similar things in the greater city area, but few who have an actual destination place that solely performs puppet shows; their competitors are often traveling troupes who are talented, but do not have a committed space for their shows.
Pine Boy distinguishes itself by offering a variety of regular shows. They develop shows for young audiences, but also perform shows for adult audiences. Youth shows include fables, vignettes, and interactive workshops with children and teenagers. Adult shows include lewd vaudeville, political satire and more grandiose experimental works with mature themes. They generally have four week runs and want to encourage regular audiences by maintaining recurring characters, episodic adventures and sketch comedy (or mystery). The goals of the company are basically to enable themselves to continue doing what they are doing; the monetary stress on their projects is beginning to outweigh their ability to perform at the level they would like, and with more seats in the house to fill, they fear the community is not aware of their entertainment, is not interested in their art, or their programming is too demanding on the troupe.
Pine Boy offers five words to describe their company:
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Logo in “shadow puppet” form:
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In context, and sample performance poster: