Oct 2019: The Magic Pearl

Originally premiered at Lincoln Center Education in NYC, Magic Pearl is a shadow puppet play with original music that tells a story about collaboration, friendship, and transformation, based on a Chinese folktale.

I joined the project as a director and designer, with the goal of taking the beautiful existing elements—musical score, script, characters, and story arc—and building out a fuller visual language that could support longer scenes and character arcs.

Pearl transformation sequence uses three-dimensional cut glass, water, food dye

I expanded the design to include new textures and three-dimensional objects, including water, ink, paint, feathers, glass, and stone. The new materials create a more dimensional world and nod to the association of dragons with water in Chinese folklore.

We gave a showing and feedback session at Puppet Showplace on October 14, 2019 for fellow artists, young audience members, and the larger Boston community. The impromptu hands-on shadow puppet session that followed was a big hit:

The Magic Pearl, by Pinwheel

Created by Bo Lee and Maggie Gayford
Music by Christopher Vu
Directed by Veronica Barron
Puppeteers: Nick Wickstrom, Amy West, and Veronica Barron
Character design by Bo Lee and Maggie Gayford

For more on this project, visit Pinwheel: https://www.pinwheelworks.com/

This entry was published on October 15, 2019 at 8:30 am. It’s filed under My Work, Pictures, Puppetry, Video and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Oct 2019: The Magic Pearl

  1. Mark Troia on said:

    Looks beautiful.

    Sent from my iPhone


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