For a generation of kids raised on PeeWee's Playhouse, Dinosaurs and, of course, Sesame Street, puppets are practically a primal link—a cord tying kids raised in the 1980s to that burst of creativity in the afterglow of punk rock, the advent of The Simpsons and MTV.
Puppets weren't just for kids: They were kids' entree to the weirdness of real life. They were goofy, gritty and a little crass.
Enter the second annual Horrific Puppet Affair, presented by HomeGrown Theatre, where puppeteers, artists and performers of all stripes converge on The Red Room Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, for (you guessed it) puppet shows, music and burlesque.
Shows include "Sockenstein" by Erin Chancer, "Sacrificial Right" by Heidi Kraay, dances by Jaime Nebeker titled "Snap" and "Strings," "The Great Cancer Caper" by Thomas Newby and Jeff Young, "Hair Down There" by Josh Gross and "An Accident The Harvest" by Chad Shohet.
Music will be provided by Ben Kirby of Sun Blood Stories, Josh Gross of Iconoplaty and David Cowan.
In advance of the main act, HGT is also throwing Horrific Puppet Affair previews at the Sesqui-Shop Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, as well as a silent auction, also at the Sesqui-Shop, which is ongoing. On the block are puppets created by HGT, and bidding starts at $10. Proceeds go towards a $500 set of curtains for the events at The Red Room.