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Gross Bliss by the Dolly Wagglers at Sandglass Theater this weekend

PUTNEY- On November 7th and 8th at 7:30pm, Sandglass welcomes the Dolly Wagglers from Northern Vermont, with their brand new Work in Progress, Gross Bliss. This new piece of puppet theater is a hilarious look at the terror of modern life and the wisdom of swamp plants. Two aspiring and clumsy artists are in search of examples of true happiness. The quest brings them far and wide to visit “happy” events. One of which is the blooming of a swamp flower. They realize that pure bliss is somewhat gross. The more “happy” things they see and experience the more exasperated they become, eventually declaring happiness to be, among other things, a rainbow that you can’t even see when you are actually in it. The performance involves floppy dancing, yodeling and a trashy fairy-god-person. This show features the crude cardboard creations and witty blathering of Lindsay MaCaw and Adam Cook of the Dolly Wagglers, accompanied by the brave and talented Gregory Corbino, currently entertaining the masses on the streets of NYC with Circus Amok. There are several musical numbers in the show including fantastic yodeling plants and a soul-singing cloud.

The Dolly Wagglers Puppet Company has been creating and touring their cardboard operettas, crankyshows (low-tech scrolling pictures), and cantastorias (picture shows) for audiences around the country and abroad for over a decade now. They are known for bringing a fresh crudeness and entertaining humility to the world of puppetry. With Gross Bliss, the creators drew inspiration from an article about how social media is making us lonelier.

New Visions puppetry series serves as a laboratory for new works by artist in the field of puppetry and movement-based theater. The series presents innovative, adventurous, and socially relevant pieces, that cross-pollinate between genres and disciplines, from dance to puppetry, circus to storytelling.

This series is supported by the NEA and The Vermont Community Foundation. All performances are at 7:30 at Sandglass Theater in Putney. Tickets are $16 general and $13 for students and seniors, payable by cash or check at the door. Tickets are available online at Getting tickets in advance is highly encouraged as seating is limited. Sandglass Theater is located in the heart of Putney, VT.