“Project Runway” is something I feel rather guilty enjoying. I love to see the creativity of the designers — especially when they have to do something crazy like design a couture dress from things in a hardware store. Fabulous. I even love the haughty fashion moguls who come on as guest judges. I love the outrageousness.
But…I sometimes have dreams of “Project Puppet.” I could even host it (I mean, my name is Heidi). I can see it now…puppeteers are given difficult tasks. Each puppeteer is assigned a random dumpster in NY and they have to design a puppet from contents of that dumpster. Working as a team, puppeteers have to develop a ten minute piece using a specific style assigned at random. Or maybe (to show their adaptability) they would have to each build a birthday party show for a celebrity child or perform in an underfunded inner-city school? Or they have to navigate the treacherous waters of a venue that did not read the tech rider for their black-light show…and they are forced to perform the show in a gymnasium with tons of natural light!
Things would be made interesting by having a mixture of marionettists, rod-puppeteers, shadow puppeteers (etc…) and pushing them beyond their comfort zone. Imagine a shadow puppeteer building a marionette with at least 40 strings or a marionettist forced to do a piece completely sans strings!
And I could host it! I would wear blacks. We all would. And we’d get Miss Piggy to be a judge on one of the episodes! And Statler and Waldorf would provide witty commentary! Wouldn’t that be fun?
Or maybe I should just to the Eugene O’Neill Conference? Probably…