Andrew Black’s Puppet Man to receive reading in Indianapolis at Indy Fringe Theater


You are invited to attend a developmental reading of a new play called Puppet Man on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7 PM.  The reading will take place at the Indy Fringe Theater, 719 East St. Clair Street, Indianapolis.    No admission will be charged, but the hat will be passed.

About the play

Inmate #6627405 (“Pretty Boy”) is facing a 28-year sentence at the North Central Correctional Institute for his role in the shooting of a policemen.  His attempts to get the drugs he uses to escape his daily routine lead him into a prison-based program whose aim is to produce puppet plays for children visiting their fathers in jail.  His relationship to these puppets causes him to question his ideas about freedom….and his own incarceration.  Inspired by true events. 

About the reading

Puppet Man will be read in a “developmental reading” format.  Seven actors will read from scripts, and an eighth actor will describe the on-stage action.  The audience will use its collective imagination to “see” the play in its mind’s eye.  Afterwards, a post-reading discussion will generate feedback for the playwright as part of the play’s development process.

About the playwright

Andrew Black is an Indiana native with an MFA in playwriting from Ohio University.  His plays have been produced across the country.  Strange Bedfellows (a screwball comedy about Orange County politics co-written with Patricia Milton) just received its world premiere in Southern California at Theater Out (August 2102).  Puppet Man was his third-year MFA thesis play and was workshopped at the National Puppetry Conference (Eugene O’Neill Center) in June, 2012.  Andrew is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild.