Author Archives: Judd Trout

About Judd Trout

Judd Palmer is one of the Old Trouts.

A puppet drawing

Here’s a notion of what some of the puppets might look like — the idea being that they’re made by cave-people, so they’re not super high tech.  The head might be made of wood, we think, unlike that frickin’ amazing … Continue reading

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Yet another whole new theory

Okay, so there are several parts to the play at this point: the prehistoric story, the modern story, and the documentary-style commentary going on over top of it.  The prehistoric story seemed for the longest time to be the most … Continue reading

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Whole New Theory

Okay, so we’ve got this whole story being told by prehistoric shamans to tell their own creation myth, a kind of caveman’s Genesis, that involves a first human that has the first vision of a possible world, which strikes him … Continue reading

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Cannot figure out how to end this thing

Okay, so we started this whole thing with the idea that we would make a documentary about prehistoric humanity, and that somehow or other this would tie into the idea of happiness.  I think we’re only just now starting to … Continue reading

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So maybe here’s a rough outline…

Enter The Tribe, to perform a creation ritual in the depths of a cave The Ritual is a Story, performed using Chanting and Shrieking and Banging on Drums and Rattling Rattles and making Totem-Puppets out of Bits of Bone and … Continue reading

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The Primal Horde

Anybody read Totem & Taboo: Resemblances Between the Psychic Lives of Savages & Neurotics, by ol’ Sigmund Freud? Just finished it myself.  I know Freud’s got a bad reputation these days, but it’s hard to deny that reading what he … Continue reading

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So is Twig a man or a woman?

Of course, it’s a politicized issue.  Ingenious gender neutral pronouns aside, we’ve been skirting the question for awhile.  It might not ordinarily be quite so big of an issue either way, but maybe because of the deep gender weirdness of … Continue reading

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How to make the Evolution of Imagination dramatic

An argument I might try to make: the evolution of the imagination, that is, the ability to envision situations that aren’t real (yet), also marks the evolution of leadership, because now there’s a vision originating in one person’s head that … Continue reading

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The Inner Napoleon

I recall (probably poorly) a lecture I heard in university, in some kind of psychology class.  The professor explained the common features of a psychotic episode: the sufferer believes that there is a great and cosmic battle going on, between … Continue reading

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an image

We had to come up with an image for the show for advance publicity.  Here’s what we managed:

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The Wowerful Power of Now

How’s this for an idea? The initial impulse to do this show had something to do with the quest for happiness.  Hence, the title – Ignorance, as in, Ignorance is Bliss.  What’s bliss, and where does it come from, and … Continue reading

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Okay, whoa, sorry, we’re back.

Got all tangled up in touring for a bit there.  But we’re back on it now. We Trouts are in France, beleaguering the gentle & undeserving populace with our old show Famous Puppet Death Scenes.  However, we just had a … Continue reading

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Art

Another thought, from seeing the sunrise over the Caribbean ocean: nature is more beautiful than anything we could create.  But it’s also dangerous.  A painting of a storm at sea is nothing compared to the actual storm, but at least … Continue reading

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Cave party

So I’m in Playa del Carmen, which is a resort town on the east coast of Mexico.  It’s stunningly beautiful, no doubt about it, and of course that means that it’s also a fortified orgy-pit for the rich and deranged, … Continue reading

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Merry Merry

We Trouts wish everybody was happy at this time of year or any other for that matter. We’re on holidays for the next little bit, so if we don’t post it’s not because we’re being passive aggressive or sulking or … Continue reading

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cave puppeteer

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Set drawing

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The Invention of Dissatisfaction

Okay, so I haven’t totally grappled with Urvater’s last post, you  know, just woke up with this notion, and thought I’d pass it on. Let’s say: Twig Creature is an artist.  Invents painting on the wall, telling stories, shadows on … Continue reading

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New Theory

Okay, so I think I asked the wrong question.  I had asked: what does Twig Creature want?  I even thought I had an answer: I was convinced that Twig Creature would want to procreate.  That would create this great circle, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on structure

There was some debate about this: We’ve got this opening scene for the play, where the little creature is born from the big crazy creation ritual, which gives us a main character to whom things could happen.  We tended to … Continue reading

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