“A Revelation” – The New York Times, Laurel Graeber
The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (CAMT) is a New York-based puppet theater company that is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of traditional and not-so-traditional puppetry. CAMT’s first New York season in 1990 featured Johannes Dokchtor Faust, a Petrifying Puppet Comedy with a cast of antique Czech puppets discovered by Vít Hořejš at the Jan Hus Church, an historic cultural center nestled in the heart of Manhattan’s original Czech neighborhood. CAMT’s 1994 Faust was presented as part of an Obie Award-winning Faust Festival in SoHo. At La MaMa E.T.C., where the company is in residence, CAMT has performed The Twelfth Night; Once There Was a Village; The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald; Don Juan, or The Wages of Debauchery; The Prose of the Transsiberian and of the Little Joan of France; Rusalka, the Little Rivermaid; A Christmas Carol, OY! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa; and Golem, which was co-produced by La MaMa and was later featured in the 1998 Jim Henson International Puppet Festival.
Other works for New York seasons and on tour include King Executioner; Mr. M.; The Very Sad Story of Ethel & Julius, Lovers and Spyes, and about Their Untymelie End while Sitting in a Small Room at the Correctional Facility in Ossining, N.Y.; The Bass Saxophone; Hamlet; The Historye of Queen Ester, King Ahasverus and the Haughty Haman; Kacha and the Devil; The White Doe, Or, The Piteous Trybulations of the Sufferyng Countess Jenovéfa; Snehurka, the Snow Maiden; and Twelve Iron Sandals. CAMT has taught puppet theater workshops at La MaMa Umbria, Umbria, Italy (2012); Theatre KAPOW, Manchester, NH (2015); NYU, New York, NY (2015), The Earth School, New York NY (2002-2013), and The Neighborhood School (2005-2007).
The company has played to great acclaim in thirty-two states in the USA at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the World Trade Center; Lincoln Center Out of Doors; the Winter Garden of the World Financial Center; the Smithsonian Institution; the Antonín Dvořák Festival in Spillville, IA; the Heart of the Beast in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Lowell Folk Arts Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts; and Bohemian National Hall in New York City. CAMT has also performed at international festivals in Poland, Turkey, Pakistan, Korea, and the Czech Republic.
Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists