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At its root, puppet theater addresses issues of identity and existence, as puppets move with striking speed from lifeless object to mythic icon, raising the questions: "What is the spark that ignites life? How does the puppet's life differ from my own? Why am I me and not you?" Figures of Speech Theatre demonstrates the power of puppets as metaphoric beings, images of the transcendent nature of life.
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