Puppet Crimes: El Beto / Kaspar & Gretel
June 29 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Two original puppet shows by Kalob Martinez and Jana Zeller
Friday, June 29 at 7:30pm
EL BETO is a one man, bilingual, hand puppet version of Shakespeares Macbeth and is set in the world of the Mexican drug cartel. While the US engages in the war on drugs another war is fought by the cartels in order to gain control of the US/Mexico border. From 2006 to 2010 there were seven cartels fighting over control of the border. 35,000 drug related homicides occurred during that span of time. Details about cartel leaders like El Chapo and El Mas Loco sound so far fetched as if they came from a movie.
KASPAR & GRETEL This raucous hand puppet piece features traditional German hand puppet heroes Kasper and Gretel, as they struggle with the duties of a married couple inside an old shack. The action turns comical, tragic and grotesque as the two juggle the baby, their chores and making money, dream of a better future and hide a dangerous secret from each other. Based in a tradition that first appeared in the fairgrounds in Europe in the seventeenth century, these stock characters survive to this day and continue to comment on their surrounding society.
Behind the scenes with Kalob Martinez:
About the artists:
Kalob Martinez is an actor, voice artist, fight director, and puppeteer from Houston, TX. Regional theater credits include the Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, and the Alley Theatre (Houston). Additionally he has performed at the Houston Grand Opera, Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre, and the Houston Shakespeare Festival. He has appeared in over fifty commercials and industrial videos as well as the voice in the English dubs of anime for ADV Films, Seraphim Digital, and Sony. Currently he is a member of the company of Babylon with Sandglass Theater. He has an MFA from the Puppet Arts Program at the University of Connecticut. He created EL BETO in order to complete his MFA.
Jana Zeller grew up in a family of international puppeteers and started working for the theater in her teens. As a set painter and designer she has worked for the theater, opera, TV, and the movies, and has designed and built a wide range of puppets. In 2001 she founded her own puppet company Spybird Theater and has performed her works in the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany and India. For the past two years she has been touring with her sister, presenting a cherished childrens puppet show that the two sisters inherited from their mother.