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Trouble Puppet Theater Company
A visiting puppeteer flies in with a show about a really wild duck
Arts Story  March 19, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...People are serious. True, we've lost one of the two companies devoted exclusively to puppetry (see "Geppetto Dreams Puppet Company"), but Trouble Puppet Theater Company looks to be picking up the slack, getting funding from the Jim Henson Foundation, attending the O'Neill National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and now launching this resident artist program, with which Trouble Puppet will bring to Austin puppet artists from around the world, giving them workspace, technical support, and performers so they can experiment with puppet design and workshop new pieces...."

Frankenstein: A Trouble Puppet Show
In this puppet retelling, the monster is a hybrid of human and plant tissue
Arts Story  October 31, 2008, by Hannah Kenah
"...(His first name's Victor.) Also contrary to what one might assume, Mary Shelley's book about the man who made the monster is not so good. At least according to Connor Hopkins, who reread it and adapted it for Trouble Puppet Theater Company's production, opening this week at the City Theatre..."

Trouble Puppet's The Wars of Heaven, Part I
The eons-old battle between heaven and hell gets reorganized along gender lines
Arts Review  May 7, 2015, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...Artistically, the production uses tabletop puppets, which have been Trouble Puppet's bread and butter, and it also makes heavy use of shadow puppetry. Over the course of the company's life thus far, Artistic Director Connor Hopkins has set a trend of challenging himself and the company with more and more complex ideas..."

The Hand Inside the Puppet Head
Connor Hopkins and his friends are pleased to meat you
Arts Story  March 18, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Trouble Puppet Theater Company has your answer, and it's partly funded by a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation...."

Ethos' Atlantis: A Puppet Opera
This new musical take on the fall of Atlantis pulls us into an ancient place, powered by myth and ritual
Arts Review  September 15, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...So it goes in Atlantis: A Puppet Opera, the latest musical creation from Ethos, the company that realizes Chad Salvata's cybernetic operas, performance installations, and mythic musicals. In this one, the title is, of course, a total giveaway regarding the doom that awaits the nation in question – who isn't aware of the great island of ancient times that sank beneath the waves? – but Salvata, who provides the music and libretto here, adds to our sense of foreboding with the Atlanteans' repeated references to their select status with the sun god and their invincibility..."

New Works Theater Community
Austin theatre groups band together and land $90,000 to support making new work
Arts Story  October 29, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...So they started meeting and hammering out what they wanted their community to be and how they would utilize funding. Katie Pearl of Physical Plant Theater and Vortex Repertory Company Artistic Director Bonnie Cullum took on leadership roles in the process, and Greater Austin Creative Alliance Executive Director Latifah Taormina arranged for the alliance to serve as the community's fiscal sponsor..."

Wars of Heaven: Smackdown!
This Trouble Puppet Theater production takes the philosophic battle between good and evil into the pro-wrestling ring
Arts Review  May 5, 2016, by Shanon Weaver
"...As a "student over traditional age," I was more interested in the history of philosophy, but found it fascinating to see the minds of my younger classmates expand as they were challenged with thoughts they'd never dared to have before – though on my end, most of the conventions discussed had already been fully explored years ago among buddies with a black light and a bong. With Trouble Puppet Theater Company's Wars of Heaven: Smackdown!, the challenge of repackaging these ideas for a fresh take is well met, though the production elevates itself a bit past its core message...."

Creature Construction
How Trouble Puppet creates those ingenious, inhuman figures that populate its plays
Arts Story  October 4, 2013, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...For Trouble Puppet's current show The Head, the company attracted visiting artists Stella James and Pete Talbot to help Hopkins and assistant builder Marc Smith construct the creatures. Talbot says he and James were attracted by the humanness of Trouble Puppet's creations from other shows: "Before we were even part of Trouble Puppet, Stella and I were watching that [online] trailer for The Jungle, and we teared up watching that: 'Oh no, he just died!'"..."

'The Jungle'
Connor Hopkins distills Upton Sinclair's sprawling novel down to paper and strings
Arts Story  September 18, 2009, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...At least that's the strategy that Connor Hopkins and Trouble Puppet Theater Company are pursuing. Their adaptation of the Upton Sinclair novel The Jungle, opening Sept..."

The Head
This intensely personal look at depression and personal demons provides a showcase for Trouble Puppet's builders and puppeteers
Arts Review  October 11, 2013, by Dan Solomon
"...Everyone with any experience with the condition has their own metaphor for depression: the "noonday demon," the "black cloud," the "dark cave." For Connor Hopkins, the Trouble Puppet Theater Company artistic director who wrote, designed, and directed The Head, the metaphor – perhaps unsurprisingly – involves puppets...."

Pleasure of the Paynes 2016
Annual theatre awards think Terminus is the living end
DAILY Arts  October 27, 2016
"...So it was at the 42nd edition of the B. Iden Payne Theatre Awards on Monday, where the Vortex Repertory Company production of Terminus received a total of 11 awards...."

Brutality Television
Why you won't be seeing Austin emo puppet band Fragile Rock on America's Got Talent
Arts Story  July 14, 2016, by Brently Heilbron
"...My arm aches as I spend the day crouched. Shout-out to Trouble Puppet Theater Company and every actual puppeteer who is better than me in every way..."

Hyde & Shriek
When Trouble Puppet Theatre tackles Dr. Jekyll's dark tale, the villain may not be who you think
Arts Story  October 30, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...Now, the Trouble Puppet Theatre Company artistic director has turned his unorthodox methods of adaptation on another man of science whose venture to unlock a secret of human existence unleashed something horrific: that very Dr. Jekyll..."

2017 Payne Theatre Award Winners
Lotta love for Nevermore, Drowning Girls, Agent Andromeda
DAILY Arts  October 25, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Puppetry Moby Dick, Trouble Puppet Theater Company..."

2017 Payne Theatre Award Nominees
E.A. Poe musical Nevermore leads the way with 11 noms
DAILY Arts  September 20, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...The musical was one of 77 productions of theatre and improv recognized by the nonprofit group's committee of volunteers who see and evaluate shows throughout the year. Five other stage works were honored with nine nominations each: the musicals Atlantis: A Puppet Opera (ethos and Vortex Repertory Company) and Monty Python's Spamalot (Summer Stock Austin); the Theatre for Youth production El Paraíso de los Maniquís (Proyecto Teatro); the comedy Agent Andromeda: The Orion Crusade (Sky Candy); and the theatrical event Requiem for Tesla (Rude Mechanicals)..."

Culture Flash!
Henson supports The Jungle, Margraff's back, and coming soon to a cinema near you: The Intergalactic Nemesis
Arts Column  January 8, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...• Trouble Puppet Theater Company scored big with its recent production of The Jungle, which appeared in the Top 9 lists of three Chronicle Arts writers. It also earned the company a Jim Henson Foundation Project Grant to assist in a more fully realized remount in 2011..."

Toil and Trouble: A Troubling Turn on Shakespeare's Macbeth
Trouble Puppet makes the magic real in its magical retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth
Arts Review  November 16, 2012, by Dan Solomon
"...Toil and Trouble, Trouble Puppet Theater Company's adaptation of Macbeth, seems almost inevitable. The company's bread and butter has been reinterpreting classic texts – from the gritty muckraking of Upton Sinclair to the fantasies of Mary Shelley – and revealing a new depth to the works that can be found only when you see all of the characters as puppets..."

First Night 2009 Schedule
Arts Story  December 26, 2008
"...Parade from Seventh and Congress to Cesar Chavez, west to City Hall, then across the First Street Bridge to Auditorium Shores with Grand Marshals the Biscuit Brothers in the giant H-E-B shopping cart. Also marching by will be Big Chief Kevin; the Texas Rollergirls; the Austin Walkin' Band; the Austin Public Library Bibliophiles, Austin's book-cart drill team; 150 life-sized puppets from Totally Cool, Totally Art; even bigger puppets from Metamorphosis Arte and Vortex Repertory Company; hula-hoop marchers with HOOPCiRCLE; a giant snake and praying mantis from Austin Bike Zoo; the Texas Juggling Society; stilt-walkers from Cubensi; the Capitol City Highlanders Pipe Band; Drishti Dancers; Rah Amen drummers; art carts created by students from the Austin Independent School District; and much more. EVENING PROGRAM: Ongoing all evening..."

The Crapstall Street Boys
This darkly comic tale of monster slaying shows Trouble Puppet's artists at the top of their game
Arts Review  March 14, 2014, by Stacy Alexander Evans
"...Until then, puppetry for adults had been mostly absent from modern stages. Four years later, when Connor Hopkins founded Trouble Puppet Theater Company in Austin, plenty of adults still needed convincing that this was not an art form strictly for tots...."

The Cruel Circus
Though often entertaining and quite humorous, this Trouble Puppet show seems to be missing something
Arts Review  May 24, 2013, by Adam Roberts
"...As it was my first encounter with professional puppet theatre, I hadn't expected to be so transported. But the pathos and message of Upton Sinclair's novel were adapted with such astonishing creativity and craftsmanship by Artistic Director Connor Hopkins and company that I left the theatre with an entirely new appreciation for the poetic power of puppetry...."

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