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Arts & Entertainment - February 24, 2023

Shakespeare on strings?

Marionette master Ronnie Burkett stages the comedy 'Little Willy' at Stanford

by Karla Kane

Puppet shows may have the reputation of being children's entertainment, but in the hands of Canadian puppeteer Ronnie Burkett, puppetry is an art form that holds a lot of appeal for grown-up audiences as well. A longtime master of performance, craftsmanship and design, he'll bring another show featuring his Daisy Theatre to Stanford's Bing Studio March 1-4, this time presenting "Little Willy," a bawdy, original take on William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" (for ages 16 and up). In an email Q&A with this news organization, Burkett introduces a few favorite characters, shares how an encyclopedia changed his life, and discusses why puppetry can be a "miraculously freeing experience."

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