We give a lot of thought to bridging divides of various sorts in our society – race, age, ethnicity, class, gender identity, to mention the more obvious ones. But what about the divide between humans and puppets? How many of us truly say we have sat down with a puppet, had a conversation, shared a meal?
Dozens of Dartmouth students now occupy that cultural vanguard, thanks to an event on Wednesday, March 29, at the Allen House residential community center. House faculty member Jane Hill, professor in the Thayer School of Engineering and Dartmouth Biology Department, gathered a capacity crowd of students to spend time and break bread with cast members of Wakka Wakka Production’s Made in China, which will be presented at the Hop March 31 and April 1. The cast members were both human puppeteers and their plush, bunraku-style puppet extensions, including the show’s stars, Mary and Eddie; their dogs Lulu and Yoyo; and the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Oh, and a talking toilet plunger.