When a new prisoner is transferred to Moorgate prison he hears uneasy tales about how often the warden uses Mathilda, the Penitentiary electric chair, to keep prisoners in line. Add a lovely covert female reporter into the mix along with an ancient book of evil secrets and a twisted minister and you get the darkest comedy puppets can bring.
Five Acts + an Epilogue. Running time: 40 minutes.
On a dark stormy night in upstate New York, a wet and bedraggled motorist knocks at the door of Hadrian Manor. He is met by a strange butler and an even odder old Doctor. When weather conditions force him to stay a night in the creepy old house the real horror begins.
Three Acts. Running time: 25 minutes.
Young Daniel Candlewick finds himself in the difficult position of needing to help his widowed mother pay the mortgage on their small farm—a predicament made all the more difficult by the fact that the year is 1933 and Daniel is only ten years old.
In February of 2009 we performed our first adaptation of a piece not written by The CastIron Carousel's in house writers and what a piece to start with! We were invited to perform a short piece at the Winningstad Theater in Portland at the behest of Tears of Joy Theater. There were to be eight or nine puppetry performances billed for an evening of "Puppet Love."
The choice to do a piece as dark as Mice and Men for Valentine's Day was actually an easy one. It fit well with the aesthetic of the Carousel of doing complex, sad and beautiful stories combined with the Depression era setting. It also gave us a great opportunity to collaborate with another puppeteer, Bruce Orr of “The Mudeye Puppet Company”.
This play is still in production. Lovecraftian overtones shadow a story of a rural, Appalacian community, the last line of defense against a powerful and ancient evil placed at the thin spot between worlds. Haunted books, magic swords, delapidated mansions, stone circles, witches and their brooms, this play promises to be the most fun and terrifying so far from The CastIron Carousel