Puppeteers for Fears: The Collected Plays, Volume 1

Puppeteers for Fears was supposed to be a one-night-only affair, a couple of short, bawdy comedy skits performed with singing monster puppets at a bar on Halloween. Instead, it snowballed into a monster of its own, equal parts avant garde comedy troupe, rock band, and multimedia art collective, roaming underground rock clubs and bringing musical theater to places it had never been before.

This book collects the pioneering troupe’s original works from its first three seasons, alongside the stories of its founding members; an anthology of unruly, comedic anarchy and puppet theater unlike any seen before. Here you can read feature-length scripts for Cattle Mutilation: the Musical!, the company’s surf-rock scored take on bigfoot and UFOs, the cyberpunk wonderland of Robopocalypse: the Musical!, and the company’s improbable musical comedy adaptation of one the least musical or comedic pieces of fiction ever, H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu,” as well as the company’s collected short pieces, and the script for its puppet comedy roast of William Shakespeare.

Razor-sharp, totally bananas, and packed with anthemic singalongs, this book, much like Puppeteers for Fears itself, is the horror-themed rock and roll puppet show you never knew you needed in your life…. until now.

“You haven’t truly experienced Lovecraft’s madness until you’ve experienced it in its truest form: As a puppet musical.”

– The Portland Mercury

“Epic original performance art. You won’t be disappointed.”

– Seattle Gay Scene

“The story PFF chose to adapt is dark, disturbing, and totally unfit for musical comedy–all qualities that make it a perfect fit for their irreverent style.”

– Broadway World