Saturday, June 28, 2008

Luman Coad

I didn't even know this was coming to where I live, but last night I had a surprising privilege to watch a performance by a great puppeteer named Luman Coad. It was the first time I saw in person a full-blown Commedia del l'Arte pantomime show.

It was called "The Harlequin's Cloak", and it included the classic stock characters of Harlequin, Columbine, Pantalone, El Capitano, and Pierrot. It was indeed very special, and he included a 'how he did it' afterwards, on some of his secrets 'behind the curtain', to the whole audience. After everyone else left, I asked if I might speak with him, and he kindly took time to visit for a bit; I learned that he has worked in television and film, and has worked all around the world, for over 40 years. It was a joy to see him work!

Here are some photos from the performance and the interview afterwards...