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Paul Zaloom

Oneís manís garbageóor rather a nationís detritus is Paul Zaloomís puppetry. Comedian, puppeteer and marginal mad man, Zaloom uses the everyday items that end up in Americaís largest monuments, its landfills, as characters and objects in his uniquely American stories. A floral-print, plastic table cloth represents a suburban landscape and stack of egg crates stands in for an apartment house. Punch and Jimmy update domestic relationships and domestic violence, and Velvetville, Paulís tenth solo show, features those oil painting so cherished by those with large sofas against bare walls.

Paul Zaloom has made eight European tours, won numerous theatre awards and appears as Beakman on PBSís educational science show, Beakmanís World. Each summer, since 1971, Paul has returned to his performing roots by rejoining the Bread & Puppet Theatre in Vermont.