Offbeat and endlessly endearing, Robert Brock is the lone man pulling the strings of a landmark Lancaster marionette theater, until COVID-19 threatens to drop the curtains for good.
Walking through the doors of Lancaster’s Marionette Theatre is a time machine that transports attendees to a whimsical world of imagination and storytelling. Each puppet has not only been handcrafted by the theater’s quirky owner Robert Brock, but also acts as a window into the personality that has passionately driven a fading form of entertainment. When Brock, along with his mother and business partner Mary Lou, are not presenting one-man puppet renditions of PETER PAN and THE WIZARD OF OZ, they reside in their shared home above the stage. As the thirty year anniversary approaches and attendance dwindles, Robert begins to reflect upon his life dedicated to entertaining others while sacrificing his own personal needs. Though the stage gave him confidence to become and accept his true self, it also left him without a partner to share the spotlight with. From director Alexander Monelli (PFF26’s Best Local Feature winner AT THE DRIVE-IN), MARIONETTE LAND intimately captures Brock at a crossroad that is only exacerbated by the arrival of the coronavirus.
In Competition: Pinkenson Award
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