Performance Basics

Script

  • Acts 1 & 2 (80 minutes), then Intermission (10-15 minutes),
    then Acts 3 & 4 (55 minutes)
  • minor block cuts made with (written) permission by Buffini

Cast

  • 10 puppeteers: 6 men & 4 women
  • each puppeteer serves as the "primary" and voice of a named character
  • most puppeteers "second" at least one other characters
  • 2 ASMs play Stepan and Oleg, the undertakers

Action

  • staging is frontal with occasional interaction with and movement through the audience
  • audience should not be more than 30 feet away so that gestures and miniature props can be seen