AMERICAN TIEN (1998)

set & puppet design by Justine Shih Pearson

directed by Alexis Rehrmann
produced by the Chinese Staff & Workers’ Association at the Puffin Room, New York

A bilingual (Mandarin and English) production based on real-life experiences of sweatshop workers in New York\’s Chinatown, I utilised a variety of puppet construction techniques – rod puppets like this one, as well as performing objects and large hinged characters which were manipulated by several puppeteers as in Bunraku. The puppets interacted with live performers.

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