The Age of Invention

Part 1 �� The Eighteenth Century

Prologue: Fade-up. A female buffalo puppet (four feet long) stands next to her three daughters, who function like a Supremes backup chorus.





"Buffalo Gals"

Livin' with the white man
Stead of livin' with the Indians
Sorta like the landlord
Who bought the place from under you.

(Song by Martha Wilson)

Theodora Skipitares
A piece for five performers with 39 scenes, 300
puppets, a film, and a score by Virgil Moorefield.

Part 2 �� The Nineteenth Century

EDISON: A scientific man busies himself with theory. He is absolutely impractical. An inventor is essential practical. Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent.


Part 3 --- The Twentieth Century

SALESMAN: Some surgeons go to Stanford or Harvard. My medical education took place in the garage
behind my house, in emergency rooms, and morgues. At first, my role was watching or holding an arm while residents patched it up. From then on, doctors began increasingly to consult me about new prostheses and to ask me to perform surgery in the operating room. I could have refused, but frankly, I was concerned about losing business at the hospital. It was one of my major accounts.