White Like Me: A Honky Dory Puppet Show

by Sarah Leaf-Herrmann
(Brookline, MA USA)

White Like Me: A Honky Dory Puppet Show
October 21 & 22 at 8:00pm
at Tower Auditorium, MassArts
621 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02115
Presented by Puppet Showplace Theater
For more information and tickets: http://www.puppetshowplace.org/zaloom

A timely response to the current, loaded discussion about race in America.

Do conversations about race leave you feeling like a dummy? Do you find yourself wondering if the planet Caucazoid is to blame? Then gather your tribe and join master puppeteer, performance artist, and political satirist Paul Zaloom for a comic puppet extravaganza proven to help make the world a better place. “You’ll laugh ‘til you cry” – The New York Times.


Zaloom introduces Mr. Butch Manly, an old school ventriloquist dummy, who has been packed away in a box for 50 years. As he updates the dummy on current affairs – particularly race relations – Butch learns that things are not quite what they seem in 2016. Zaloom is forced to confront his own prejudices, as the wickedly sarcastic doll exposes his self-righteousness, liberal guilt, and hypocrisy.

The show segues into The Adventures of White-Man, a toy theater spectacle about the male Caucasian human. Under orders from God, White-Man leaves his home planet of Caucazoid, arrives on Earth and “civilizes” it, becomes the philanthropist Santa Claus, kicks “aliens” out of Arizona, and finally realizes with shock that white folks will become a minority in the U.S. in 2040. What will White-Man do?

The puppet cast is drawn from Zaloom’s enormous collection of weird junk, busted dolls, action figures, toy cars, random tchotchkes, and other charming debris.

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