STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG – The Henson Puppets, Totally Uncensored – at the Curran, 8/18—27

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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

SHN and SF Sketchfest present a limited engagement of STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG, a night of hilarious uncensored mayhem featuring The Miskreant Puppets and their fearless puppeteers set loose live onstage to explore the art of improvisational comedy. Created by award-winning director, producer, writer and performer Brian Henson and actor and improvisational guru Patrick Bristow and featuring The Jim Henson Company’s renowned puppeteers, STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG will play a limited engagement of 10 performances August 18th through the 27th at the Curran Theatre (445 Geary Street).  
Click here to purchase tickets on line: STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG

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MICHAEL OOSTEROM, BRIAN HENSON, TYLER BUNCH
Photo, Carol Rosegg

Stuffed and Unstrung is a madcap multimedia romp in which the skilled art of puppetry and comedic intelligent nonsense collide.  Unpredictable, irreverent and rebellious, it’s never the same show twice as a team of expert puppeteers set off on a trail of twisted sketches and songs at breakneck pace while interaction with the audience prompts the spontaneous storylines unfolding on stage.
 
With live musical accompaniment and Patrick Bristow as host, Stuffed and Unstrung features a cast of six puppeteers in an uninhibited and unscripted live puppet performance.  Described by Entertainment Weekly as “one giant Mad Lib”, the puppet action is projected on large screens flanking the stage, while the puppeteers display their skillful talents below in full view of the audience.

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BRIAN HENSON
Photo, Carol Rosegg 

SF Sketchfest co-directors Janet Varney, David Owen and Cole Stratton elaborate on how this special engagement came about: “Brian Henson appeared earlier this year at SF Sketchfest for a lively, funny, and fascinating conversation – as well as an incredible live puppet demonstration – with Neil Patrick Harris. When Brian described the Stuffed and Unstrung puppets improvising adults-only sketches and songs, the crowd went wild and we knew we had to team up with SHN to bring this amazing show to San Francisco.”

Stuffed and Unstrung evolved from Henson’s previous production Puppet Up! – Uncensored, which made its debut at the 2006 HBO Comedy Festival (Aspen, CO) and later toured the 2006 Edinburgh Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland), The 2007 Comedy Festival (Las Vegas, NV) and Australia’s Sydney Big Laugh Comedy Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (both 2007). Puppet Up continued to be workshopped in monthly performances at Avalon Hollywood and eventually a completely revamped production, featuring all new technical wizardry and original music and staging, opened in New York City as Stuffed and Unstrung.

Henson Alternative is The Jim Henson Company’s label for content created specifically and exclusively for adult audiences. Previous credits include Tinseltown for Logo, Puppet Up! – Uncensored for TBS and the upcoming feature film Happytime Murders currently in development.

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COLLEEN SMITH
Photo, Carol Rosegg 

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