Wood Boy Dog Fish

WBDF-Postcard-Front-667x1024Written by Chelsea Sutton with Rogue Artists Ensemble
Music by Adrien Prévost
Lyrics by Chelsea Sutton
Full Length:
 approx. 120 minutes
Characters: 3 female/8 male (flexible)
Time/Place: Present or the Near Future. Shoreside, Home of the Dogfish.

Synopsis: A modern macabre retelling of Carlo Collodi’s “The Adventures of Pinocchio.” In this world-premiere play for mature audiences, the cricket is killed, Blue haunts us all, and the legendary Dogfish monster preys on our greatest fears in the tumbledown tourist trap amusement park of Shoreside, where a little wooden puppet comes to life at the hands of the wood-maker Geppetto.

Wood Boy Dog Fish is a visual feast that combines masks, highly expressive physical performance, dance, interactive sets, multiple puppetry traditions, projected media, and sophisticated special effects and illusions – including 3D enhancement to recreate a scene inside an old carnival ride.

Production History

  • World Premiere, Rogue Artists Ensemble, November/December 2015, Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles. Dir. Sean T. Cawelti.


  • Nominated for Best Adaptation (Writing), Stage Raw Theater Awards, 2016


This script was written in collaboration with Rogue Artists Ensemble.

More Information

This show is available for touring. The show was written and developed in collaboration with Rogue Artists Ensemble. To bring Wood Boy Dog Fish to your theatre, contact Rogue Artists Ensemble HERE.

Visit RogueArtists.org for more information.


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Wood Boy Dog Fish – Preview #2 from Rogue Artists Ensemble on Vimeo.


“Chelsea Sutton’s adaptation of this 19th century tale is appropriately macabre and still manages to surprise audiences in her fresh reimagining. Sutton takes the heart of the story, its essential elements and puts them through a distorted modern lens leaving behind a re-creation that is bewitching and profound.” – Tin Pan LA

“Intricately written…” – BroadwayWorld.com

“Writer Chelsea Sutton was the master puppeteer of this script and gives us a rowdy, colorful, hysterical, nightmarish, distortedly familiar adventure that left us laughing, cringing, and wanting more.” – ColoradoBoulevard.net