Category: Performance

Step this way, mesdames et messieurs …

MW proofs 1

MW proofs 2

MW proofs 3

“The fox’s hide fits the puppet like a second skin …”

The proofs and jacket have arrived, on this morning’s doorstep, literally. Time, almost, to pull wide the curtains on this show!

Extras please!

Mercury Waltz extras

Worth three thousand words, then, this image of three images: the double bookmarks and the Puppet, soon to be colorfully embellished and attended by a jaunty little walking stick, ready to jig for his supper wherever the bespoke edition of THE MERCURY WALTZ is found.

Thanks again to artist Megan Weber for her playfully decadent designs, the ironwork flower and the smile on the face of that puppet, those winged feet ready to dance or to depart.

The POPPY as pin-up!


Under the Poppy Clarion calendar Lee MoyerAnd for a good cause, too: the Clarion Foundation and its workshop create the conditions where good writing can come into being, much as the stage is set for a puppet to play. Very pleased that the Poppy is part of this endeavor by artist Lee Moyer!

Time to waltz

MercuryThe Musée d’Orsay’s exhibition “Masculine/Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day” is one that, were he in the vicinity, the young writer Frédéric-Seraphim Blum might well attend, and more than once, though with varying feelings of elation, pleasure, and dismay:

 . . . Frédéric’s last question trailing as they cross up the aisle—“Why is it called the Mercury, your theatre?”—to bring Istvan’s quote from “Priapus, do you know him?  That is, the classics?  I’m sure Seraphim does, it’s a fairly juicy bit,” as the door is closed, as the quote is proffered, as before they part Istvan sees once more that alarmed and charming blush.

From THE MERCURY WALTZ, soon to be released by Roadswell Editions.

Cry the Mercury!

The final creation of THE MERCURY WALTZ means bringing together all the parts of the book itself – the manuscript of course, and the cover (from Base Art Co., and almost ready to share!) – and the premiums that will accompany the two versions of the physical book: bookmarks created by artist Megan Weber, and a saucy puppet, too … And the constructed sleeve to hold it all in place, until it finds its way to the reader.

This process has been ongoing for some months, as patiently and productively as a show taking shape behind a theatre’s curtain; see Megan Weber’s sketchbook for one proof of our industry. To all who have asked, nudged, and kept track of this book’s advent, thank you for your patience, which is about to be rewarded. M Weber MW card sketch MercuryThe launch is in sight!


The players of the Poppy are going to Hell

… via Christopher Marlowe’s dark and epic and – most especially in this production! – fiercely physical FAUSTUS. Because the body wants to live. And the soul wants to live forever.

Thrilled to announce our fearless cast: STEVE XANDER CARSON as Faustus, LAURA BAILEY, JONATHAN WEST, VANESSA ELLEN HENTSCHEL, SAMANTHA MOLTMAKER  – all Poppy alums – and CHRIS JAKOB as Mephistopheles. The text was adapted by Kathe Koja and Steve Xander Carson, and the ensemble is working even now to create an unforgettably immersive experience for those saints and sinners who attend. Performances are scheduled for November 15-16 and 21-22-23; ticket information will soon be available. As at the Poppy, tickets will be presale only, with a limited amount available for each performance.

Our venue is in Detroit. Listen for the sound of the river. And remember, there is no sin but ignorance.

We shall hope to see you all in the dark.

Faustus logo 2


Boing Boing waltzes with Mercury

A lovely shout-out from Cory Doctorow and BoingBoing for THE MERCURY WALTZ – the gentlemen of the road, and their friends, are very fortunate in ours! Cory’s memorable description of UNDER THE POPPY is a delight:

 ” . . . a Tom Waits hurdy-gurdy loser’s lament come to life, as sinister as a dark circus.”

Amen. And the MERCURY is a half-empty theatre on a crooked urban street, brandy sipped through the teeth while turning a tattered card that may – or may not – bring all that one desires. Score it by Satie nearly drunk, or this gent in a wicked mood.

Trailer premiere: THE MERCURY WALTZ

The Mercury Waltz Trailer from Under the Poppy on Vimeo.

Thanks to the amazing combined artistry of  visual artist Megan Weber and composer/performer Joe Stacey, and the digital wizardry of Antichamber Design, herewith the trailer for THE MERCURY WALTZ, sequel to UNDER THE POPPY.

THE MERCURY WALTZ finds Rupert and Istvan coming to roost at a theatre, their own theatre, called the Mercury, in a city equal parts glitter and grime. Two young men are already at home there – the street sharpster Haden St.-Mary and the earnest dreamer Frédéric Blum – as is the fierce and visionary young Tilde, a familiar of the cards called Taroc. And all are in the thrall, and sway, of

“. . .  that railway god whom the Greeks called Hermes, that rascal lord of thresholds and of journeys, of thievery and hard commerce, of ecstasy and lies.”

THE MERCURY WALTZ will be released in fall 2013 from Roadswell Editions, in ebook and paper, and a “bespoke” hardcover edition with special extras, for the Poppy reader who wants it all. This curation process is very exciting, and we welcome readers’ suggestions for those special edition extras – email puppetgirl AT with your ideas. Ordering information will be posted as soon as it’s available.

In the meantime, enjoy the play of the cards, and the puppet’s invitation to come and dance THE MERCURY WALTZ.


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