Friday, October 16, 2009

Columbine and Harlequin

Another freebie: the 2006 L.A. Spring Fling menu, featuring jointed paper dolls by Kwei-lin Lum.

UPDATE: In her comments below, Kwei-lin mentions the Turnabout Theatre. Here's a link to a website with more information about that whimsical theatre of marionettes:


  1. Oop!--You rescued this. It sat around unclaimed for a little while. It was a great Spring Fling, with a puppet theme. We had a genuine Punch and Judy show and Donald Hendricks made a great Punch and Judy souvenir. That night we had a Turnabout theater program. It was a theater in Los Angeles where there was a live show, then everyone turned their chairs around and faced the opposite wall and saw a puppet show. Kwei-lin

  2. How I wish I had made it to that Spring Fling. I found the Turnabout theater web site, and it is charming. Did Gene Maiden write about his many experiences in the theatre and dance? Is there a manuscript lying around somewhere? I'm hoping there is.

  3. I'm not sure what Gene Maiden wrote about his life. He definitely shared bits of it through his special paper doll dinners about the Turnabout Theater and about one of his mentors, Ruth St. Denis (legendary dancer). I got the feeling that most of the paper doll people didn't know too much about Gene's early life until the last 5 years, but I could be wrong on that one. Kwei-lin