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Puppets run amuck in all puppet players’ production of ‘The Exorcist Has No Legs’

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Shaun Michael McNamara

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 11:18 am

Think fast…you find yourself in a place where sickening substances project profusely, diabolical debauchery reigns, and unspeakable horror permeates the air. Where are you? No, not at a hoedown at Honey Boo-Boo’s familial digs, but in attendance for the World Premiere of theAll Puppet Players’ eerie and irreverent offering of “The Exorcist Has No Legs.”

“The Exorcist Has No Legs”hits the ground running at Theater Works in Peoria, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., beginning Oct. 10 and continuing through Oct. 25. Tickets are $13 for general admission and can be purchased by calling 623-815-7930, or visiting http://www.theaterworks.org/" href="http://www.theaterworks.org/">www.theaterworks.org. Advance purchase is recommended due to limited seating.

Shaun Michael McNamara, owner and artistic director of the All Puppet Players,will unleash his edgy and deliciously diabolical cast of possessed puppets (geared toward the more mature theatre-goer) in conjunction with the 40-year anniversary of iconic movie “The Exorcist.” And what better way to mark this auspicious occasion celebrating AFI’s No. 3 most thrilling movie,than with a gaggle of googly-eyed puppets rotating their heads and spewing pea soup?

Newly arrived in the Valley of the Sun, McNamara and his molting, motley crew of “puppets behaving badly” are fresh from their triumphant performances to sell-out crowds in California.

Arizona native McNamara explained his vision regarding this particular production: “For a while, I have been toying with the concept of interpreting an epic motion picture onstage. But it had to be the perfect movie, and it had to be the right time. Late one night, I popped in The Exorcist and I realized that this iconic movie was ripe for puppet-infused parody. It was the perfect piece to bring to the stage. Projectile vomit and puppets - what more could you want from an evening out?”

McNamara said, “For those of you that have been living under a rock, the story line is about the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl and her mother’s desperate attempts to win back her child’s soul through an exorcism conducted by two Roman Catholic priests…doesn’t that just scream fun?”

McNamara learned puppetry as a child in Arizona, while enrolled in an after-school program taught by an area music teacher. Seventeen years later, he opened his first critically-acclaimed show, “Hamlet Has No Legs,” to a sold-out run. McNamara invited his puppet instructor to come to California to see the opening performance and paid tribute to this Arizona educator by chronicling their reunion in a film highlighting how amazing teachers can impact and inspire their students to success (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ay4FHUd3cQ" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ay4FHUd3cQ">www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ay4FHUd3cQ).

All Puppet Playersis a nomadic theatre troupe whose sole purpose is to create quirky and innovative stage shows using puppetry to demolish the “typical” theatre experience and add a bit of anarchy to every stage on which it performs. The company has garnered numerous awards and recognitions for its productions and live events. For more information, visit http://www.allpuppetplayers.com/" href="http://www.allpuppetplayers.com/">www.allpuppetplayers.com, or the fan page at http://www.facebook.com/allpuppetplayers" href="http://www.facebook.com/allpuppetplayers">www.facebook.com/allpuppetplayers.

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