Designed and Directed by Suzy Ferriss
Design: Liz Lee Lightning
Jane Catherine Shaw Mask
Arnies Cow goes to New York
Cow operated by Aaron Bowie
The Mystery Play
Naught operated by Jeff Polston
This work was originally created, in part, through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Rockefeller Foundation.
The Box of Night
SUZY FERRISS, a painter and visual artist, has been exploring the interpretive possibilities of puppet theatre since 1988. Living in Atlanta, she learned of the experimental work being performed at the Center for Puppetry Arts about the same time that a few people from the Center took note of her paintings at local showings. They encouraged her to bring her two dimensional characters to life through dance, full-body costumes, rod puppets and shadow images. She creates works which stretch the boundaries of the visual arts until the two dimensional media spills over into a new dimension. Suzy has been exhibiting work as a professional visual artist since 1978 and her work has been included in collections around the country. Her process includes taking her paintings and drawings and transforming them into performance pieces, utilizing raw materials, found objects, elaborate overhead and shadow work, and human actors performing as puppet characters.