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She loved me. Oh! how she loved me
I never had a chance to escape
From the day she first saw me. . . . . .

Mrs. Purkapile:
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . But
a promise is a promise
And marriage is marriage,
And out of respect for my own character
I refused to be drawn into a divorce
By the scheme of a husband who had merely grown tired
Of his marital vow and duty.

These OOAK puppets were designed and created by myself for a theatreFigüren production of mine entitled "On The Hill". The puppetry and live actor play was an original compilation and intertwining of several of Edgar Lee Master's poems from his "Spoon River Anthology". Each poem is the voice of a deceased individual, or in this case, a couple. Their poetry may speak of how they died or how they lived -- inspirational wisdom or desperate rants. In "On The Hill", I created a through line -- intertwining live human actors with puppets. The puppets poems/voices were recorded by several area actors and it was quite a theater production for adult audiences.

Mr. & Mrs. Roscoe Purkapile were not what I would call a loving couple -- or perhaps they were, in their own way. He ran away for a time and took up with the Milliner, Mrs. Williams. Upon returning, he told her that he had been kidnapped by Pirates on Lake Michigan (thus the hat) and kept in chains so that he could not write her. She pretended to believe it, crying, kissing him! Their marriage would not be dissolved- even by death!
In the production they sat together in a rowboat that had only one oar. She, of course, controlled the single oar.

Their heads are sculpted of "cell-u-clay", an instant papier mache. The clay is formed over a styrofoam carving of the head. Their costumes are "worn" over a wire, plastic and pipe insulation armature. Their hands are made of flat plastic that has been heated and bent.
Their heads move and arms can be manipulated with the attached rods. They have no legs, as they were originally seated in a boat and the audience only saw their upper bodies. They'd look great sitting in a galvinized tub or crate of some sort -- or, hung on a wall together or perched on a shelf.

Seated, they measure about 18 inches tall from their hips to the top of their heads.

Mr. & Mrs. Roscoe Purkapile, puppets by theatreFigüren


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