The panel discussion will feature Fran Brill, the first female puppeteer hired for “Sesame Street” who created the characters Zoe and Prairie Dawn and won Emmy Awards for her work; Bonnie Erickson, the original designer and builder of Miss Piggy, and creator of Statler and Waldorf, who worked as design director for The Jim Henson Company; and Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on “Sesame Street” for 43 years and won 15 Emmys for her writing on the show. Sonia Manzano will also be doing a book signing before the event of her memoir “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.” Copies of the book will be for sale in the Museum Store the day of the event.
This event will be moderated by Karen Falk, the head archivist for The Jim Henson Company.
Tickets include admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, so guests can also see many of the puppets discussed first-hand. This event is recommended for ages 13 and up. A beer and wine bar will be available for patrons beginning at 6 p.m.
The Women of the Muppets
Saturday, March 3
6-6:45 p.m.: Sonia Manzano book signing
6-7 p.m.: Worlds of Puppetry Museum open
7 p.m.: Event begins
Center for Puppetry Arts
Tickets are $20 for Members and $25 for nonmembers and can be purchased online at www.puppet.org or by calling 404.873.3391