Inmate #6627405 (“Pretty Boy”) is facing a 28-year sentence at the North Central Correctional Institute for his role in a killing. His attempts to get the drugs he uses to deal with his life on the inside lead him to join a prison-based program. The aim of the program is to produce puppet plays for children visiting their fathers in jail. He hopes to smuggle contraband out of the “puppet room” that he can exchange for drugs. In the program, Pretty Boy learns how to make puppets, but his puppets start to have their own ideas about how his life in jail should unfold. He begins to question his ideas about freedom….and his own incarceration.
The play, Puppet Man, is inspired by real life events that took place in a prison in northern Ohio (the North Central Correctional Institute).
Theatre on the Square
January 2017: Indianapolis, IN
Multi-Stages New Works Contest
January 2014: New York, NY
The Seabury Quinn Playwright's Festival
May 2011: Athens, OH
National Puppetry Conference
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
June 2012: Waterford, CT