All Vows. Photo courtesy of Sam Jay Gold

“All Vows” a free public workshop

Friday, October 22, 2021 at 7:30pm

Alongside five puppet portraits of his own grandfather, theater artist Sam Jay Gold interrogates family lore, actual history, and his own imagination as he pieces together the story of “Poppy,” a Russian-Jewish refugee, raised in China. After two weeks in residence at the Morris Museum, join Sam and his collaborators for a work-in-progress sharing of discoveries made within their intimate, messy reckoning with memory and forgiveness. Engage with the artists at this early stage of their work ahead of the highly anticipated World Premiere of All Vows here at the Morris Museum in May!

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“All Vows” was first developed at St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab with Matt Acheson and Lake Simons as Lab Co-Directors at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY, in 2019. Additional development made possible with the generous support of The Jim Henson Foundation.

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About the Artists

Sam Jay Gold is a puppeteer, theater artist, and writer. With the support of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, Sam studied traditional forms of puppetry around the world. He trained in marionettes in the Czech Republic, Noh and Bunraku in Japan, and Wayang Kulit in Bali, while exploring empathy, imagination, and projection across the animate/inanimate divide. These experiences cemented Sam’s belief in the primal power of the puppet, of the shadow, of the not-quite-lifelike, as vessels for surprising, delighting, and challenging audiences with transformative storytelling.

Sam’s original work has been supported by the Jim Henson Foundation and featured at venues including St. Ann’s Warehouse, BAM, and the New York State Puppetry Festival. He is co-founder of The Brothers Campur, a Balinese-American shadow puppet company performing classic and contemporary Wayang Kulit throughout the US and Indonesia. Sam is also a longtime collaborator with Roman Paska, assisting in the development of and performing in works including Fall Of The House of Usher (Mass MoCA) and Echo In Camera (Watermill Center, La MaMa, Palais de Tokyo, DIALOG Festival).

Sam has performed in shows at Lincoln Center, HERE Arts, The Merry-Go-Round Theater, The Eugene O’Neill Theater, La MaMa, Dixon Place, and The NYC Highline, as well as toured works in France, Poland, and Indonesia. His writings on theater and puppetry have been featured in Bauhaus Magazine, Puppetry International, and Mime Journal.

Ali Goss is a NYC based multimedia artist and puppeteer. Since 2017, they toured and performed with Australia-based giant puppet troupe Snuff Puppets and German director Steffi Oberhoff performing in Taiwan, the UK, Germany and most recently at the Basel International Figure Theatre Festival. Their own work spanning performance, puppetry and live-feed projection has been seen at The Tank, La Mama, Dixon Place, Coney Island Sideshows, Puppet Showplace Theatre, The Wassaic Project and in internet chatrooms.

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Liz Oakley is a puppeteer, designer, performance-maker, and teaching artist. Recent performance projects include Parades for All Occasions (with Ali Goss), The Human Dream Project (Snake in the Boot Collective), Mortal Meal Services (Worm Games Collective) and Bodywhere, an iterative solo performance work. Her project The Anywhere Festival of Everywhere Stages, a collection of miniature site-specific puppet shows, appeared at the Art in Odd Places Festival and was the recipient of the May 2021 NYC Awesome Grant. This year Liz was a summer artist-in-residence at the Sable Project, a resident in the spring 2021 Object Movement Digital Puppetry Festival, and a fellow at the Headlong Performance Institute. She lives in Philadelphia.

Ticket & Visitor Information

This is event is free with RSVP.

All patrons 12 years and older must provide proof of vaccination and corresponding ID. Masks required for all patrons over two years old.

For assistance, call the box office at 973-971-3706.


Oct 22 2021


7:30 pm