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Wood Boy Dog Fish

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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.)

Read about the process of the play in an interview with Rogue Artists at the LA Weekly.

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.” –

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


WBDF Postcard FrontUpcoming Performances:

November 6 thru December 12, 2015

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday, November 28, Sunday, November 29 & Sunday, December 6 at 2 p.m.

No show Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27
Previews: November 6, 7 & 12
Opening Night: November 13, 2015

General Admission: $23 online/$25 at the door
Students/Seniors: $18 online/$20 at the door
Pay-What-You-Can Performance: November 28

Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057

Check out the press release here.     Spread the word: #KilltheCricket

This show is rated PG-13 for some language, suggested violence and scares



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

Artistic Staff

Directed By
Sean T. Cawelti

Written By
Chelsea Sutton with Rogue Artists Ensemble

Directed By
Sean T. Cawelti

Music and Songs Composed By
Adrien Prévost

Lyrics for Shoreside Theme Song & Ignite by
Chelsea Sutton

Additional Music & Songs (Catch Your Breath, Funland Rules, Wooden Boy Remorse) Composed By
Ego Plum

Nate Hodges

Scenic Designer
Francois-Pierre Couture

Assistant Scenic Designer/Technical Director
Lorne Reitzenstein

Costume Designers
Kerry Hennessy and Lori Meeker

Lighting Design
Brandon Baruch

Video Designer
Dallas Nichols

Sound Designer
Stephen Swift

Associate Sound Designer
Noelle Hoffman

Props Designer
Dillon Nelson

Puppet & Mask Designers
Greg Ballora, Cristina Bercowitz, Sean Cawelti, Christine Papalexis, Jack Pullman, Miles Taber, Brian White

Additional Mask Design by
Katie Polebaum

Makeup Designers
Joy Pazos and Erica Romero

Dramaturgy By
Dylan Southard and Lynn Jeffries

Project Development Team
Kris Bicknell, Sean T. Cawelti, Kerry Hennessy, Matthew Hill, Lynn Jeffries and Ego Plum

Movement Coach
Jan Munroe

Additional Animation and Poster Illustration by Brian White

Dogfish Logo Design by
Matthew G. Hill

Stage Manager
Leah Harmon

Assistant Stage Manager
Jessica Morataya

Lucy Pollak

General Manager
Tiffany Moon

Devin Schiro

Casting Director
Jeremy Charles Hohn

Jose Medina
Jonathan Reich

Scenic Painters
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

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.


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