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Erik: A Play About a Puppet

Author: John Patrick Bray

Erik: A Play About a Puppet

Description: In this loose retelling of "The Phantom of the Opera", our obsessions with beauty, ugliness, madness, and desire all staged as part of this funhouse mirror where the audience may even catch a glimpse of their true selves.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2015
Date Added: 6/9/2015
Content Advisory: Nudity, strong language, simulated sex, naked puppet, adult themes
1 Act, 75 Minutes
3 Females, 5 Males

NOTE: NOTE: The English language stock and amateur stage performance rights in this Play are controlled exclusively by the author. No professional or nonprofessional performance of the Play may be given without obtaining, in advance, the written permission of the author and paying the requisite fee. Inquiries concerning all other rights should be addressed to the author at: JohnPatrickBray@yahoo.com.

Keywords: Adaptations · Brechtian · Comedy · Feminism · Horror · Large Cast Size · Mostly Male Characters · Philosophy · Postmodern · Surrealism/Absurdism

Original Production Information

ERIK: A PLAY ABOUT A PUPPET received an Actors Equity Association-Approved Staged-Reading with EndTimes Bunker on November 18, 2012 at the 133rd St. Arts Center with the following cast and crew:

Barker: Sky Seals
Madame Giry: Judy Merrick
Christine: Lea McKenna-Garcia
Raoul: Alessandro Colla
Detective: Andrew Harriss
Josef: Leal Vona
Meg: Sarah Ziegler

Director: Jerrod Bogard

ERIK: A PLAY ABOUT A PUPPET received a staged-reading with Rising Sun Performance Company at Hostelling International in NYC on November 17, 2013 with the following cast and crew:

Barker: Leal Vona
Madame Giry: …Samantha DeSimone
Christine…Samantha Coppola
Raoul: Alessandro Colla
Detective…Brandon Harris
Josef: Bryn Packard
Meg: Sarah Ziegler

Director: Jerrod Bogard
Assistant Director: Prerna Bhatia


ERIK: A PLAY ABOUT A PUPPET made its world premiere as part of FRIGID NEW YORK at The Kraine Theatre on February 19, 2015 produced by Rising Sun Performance Company with the following cast and crew:

Barker: Yair Ben-Dor
Madam Giry: Destiny Marie Shegstad
Christine: Montana Lampert Hoover
Raoul: Bryn Packard
Detective: Matt Pepitone
Josef: Christopher Behan
Meg: Samantha DeSimone
erik (puppet design and performance): Kervin Peralta

Director: Jerrod Bogard
Production Stage Manager: David Pilchman
Light & Set Design, Technical Director: Jak Prince
Shadow Puppetry: Broderick Ballantyne
Costume Design: Antonio Consuegra
Assistant Costume Design: Ashleigh Herndon
Sound Designer: Ian Wehrle
Producer & Founding Artistic Director, Rising Sun Performance Company: Akia