Wood Boy Dog Fish
Pinocchio like only the Rogues could imagine it. Guard your crickets.
Experience the Rogue’s modern macabre retelling of Carlo Collodi’s “The Adventures of Pinocchio.” In this world-premiere play for mature audiences, the cricket is killed, Blue haunts us all, and the legendary Dogfish monster preys on our greatest fears in the tumbledown tourist trap amusement park of Shoreside, where a little wooden puppet comes to life at the hands of the wood-maker Geppetto.
Wood Boy Dog Fish is a visual feast that combines masks, highly expressive physical performance, dance, interactive sets, multiple puppetry traditions, projected media, and sophisticated special effects and illusions – including 3D enhancement to recreate a scene inside an old carnival ride. (ChromaDepth® 3D glasses will be available at each performance for a suggested donation.)
STAGED READING with talkback with the creators
February 3, 2017 at 7pm
Center Stage Theater
751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Info & Tickets
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What Reviewers Are Saying:
“A BREATHTAKING FEAT OF THEATER… wildly imaginative… A dizzying fusion of sound, lights, puppets, masks and music… the Pinocchio puppet is a spectacular creation.” — F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times
“RECOMMENDED… often spectacular… solid performances by a large ensemble of actors and puppeteers.” — Neal Weaver, Stage Raw
“This darkly macabre adult retelling of the legend of Pinocchio is so visually dazzling and so filled with ingenious, spectacularly colorful marvels that the originality conjured by this company is alone worth the price of admission … Wood Boy Dog Fish is wondrous in so many ways.” – ArtsinLA.com
“FUN! FUN! FUN! Dark, adult, some violence, some twisted perspectives, yes, but thoroughly entertaining every minute, cannot wait to go back to see it again.” – Carol Edger Germaine, Colorado Boulevard
“SIMPLY WONDERFUL… WOW!… Be open to be amazed, entertained and left in complete wonderment.” — Gil Kaan, BroadwayWorld
“INNOVATIVE, COMPLEX… You will not be disappointed!” — Erin Conley, On Stage and Screen
“AN UNPARALLELED THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE… unlike anything I have ever seen… astonishingly ambitious… The climactic scene that takes place in a carnival ride is 3D enhanced, creating yet another thrilling dimension to an already extraordinary effort” — Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes
Read about the process of the play in an interview with Rogue Artists at the LA Weekly.
Lisa Dring, Eric Fagundes, Jeremy Hohn, Willem Long, Stephanie O’Neill, Veronica Mannion, Rudy Martinez, Ben Messmer, Mark Royston, Nina Silver, Miles Taber, Paul Turbiak, Zoe Yale
Sean T. Cawelti
Chelsea Sutton with Rogue Artists Ensemble
Sean T. Cawelti
Music and Songs Composed By
Assistant Scenic Designer/Technical Director
Kerry Hennessy and Lori Meeker
Associate Sound Designer
Puppet & Mask Designers
Greg Ballora, Cristina Bercowitz, Sean Cawelti, Christine Papalexis, Jack Pullman, Miles Taber, Brian White
Additional Mask Design by
Joy Pazos and Erica Romero
Dylan Southard and Lynn Jeffries
Project Development Team
Kris Bicknell, Sean T. Cawelti, Kerry Hennessy, Matthew Hill, Lynn Jeffries and Ego Plum
Additional Animation and Poster Illustration by Brian White
Dogfish Logo Design by
Matthew G. Hill
Assistant Stage Manager
Jeremy Charles Hohn
Francois-Pierre Couture, Catherine Martinez, Kristen Martinez, Priscilla Buelna
Puppet & Mask Construction
Morgan Rebane, Leo Santa Maria, Jeremy Charles Hohn, Sarah Peters
Students & Teachers
This show is rated PG-13 for some language, suggested violence and scares!
This is NOT a show for all ages. With that in mind, this show has its roots in one of literature’s most-read stories of all time, and there are endless things to discuss in the classroom if you chose. For exercises and discussion prompts, download the teacher packet here:
For questions, concerns or to set up a group of student tickets, contact Chelsea Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank You Notes
Wood Boy Dog Fish is made possible in part by grants and sponsorships from the Westlake North Neighborhood Council community partner, American Paper Optics, Jim Henson Foundation, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, UnionBank, Macy’s, and Los Angles County Arts Commission.
The PINOCCHIO Kickstarter campaign was a huge success, and the Rogues want to send a BIG THANK YOU to all the donors who made the first workshop possible! CLICK HERE to see the names of the fabulous philanthropists who keep the Rogues on the stage!
Thanks to: Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theater Program for the use of their wireless mircrophones; Sara Adelman and the Cornerstone Theatre Company; Matthew Patrick Davis; Rosemary Meeker; University of La Verne; Travis Snyder; Production Resource Group; Leo Santa Maria; Laney Poe; Lexis Gomez; Priscilla Buela; Lisa Hashimoto Stone; Efrain Corona; Joan Goodspeed; East Los Angeles College Theatre Department
Early development of Wood Boy Dog Fish was done at the Instituto Sacatar in Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil, through a Fellowship awarded by the Sacatar Foundation.
Photos by Chelsea Sutton.