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Great Arizona Puppet Theater Puts On Shows For Adults With 'Puppet Slams'

A scene from one of the theater's adult slam nights.
(Great Arizona Puppet Theater)
A scene from one of the theater's adult slam nights.

For a lot of us, when we think of puppet shows, we think of kids’ birthday parties. But the felt can really fly at the Great Arizona Puppet Theater’s puppet slams, which take on more adult themes, like their puppet predecessors such as Statler and Waldorf from "The Muppets," Madame of "Wayland and Madame" and Kate Monster of "Avenue Q."

For more, I spoke with the theater’s Assistant Artistic Director Gwen Bonar and her mom, Nancy Smith, who is the theater’s director. I asked them how they got the idea to do adult puppet shows.

Their puppet slams are generally held the first Friday and Saturday nights of the month.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.