Constance Holiday: Hollywood Nurse


Brooklyn, NY
Labapalooza, St Ann’s Warehouse

A dark musical puppetry portrait of Tinseltown.

Registered nurse, Cynthia Adams moves from Iowa to Los Angeles to help people and become a star. Through a series of misadventures: her first roommates – twin scientology zealots: Connie & Bonnie, meeting Sunny Sparkles – the infamous Hollywood agent to the stars, her surgical physical transformation, changing her name to Constance Holliday, falling madly in love with Antonio Rivera – resident MD at prestigious Wine Valley Hospital, his tragic decapitation in a freak car crash on Mulholland Drive, and her eventual downfall into delusion, drug abuse, prostitution, pornography, and on and on.  Then more.

Written and directed by Ed Woodham
Puppets and set designed by Jane Stein
Sound design and music by David Patterson
External hardware: Sanford Cohen
Puppeteers: Sam Hack, Sarah Provost, Hjordis Linn-Blanford

Sunny Sparkes: David Marquis
Constance Holiday: Jenny Subjack
Dr. Antonio Rivera, Porn director, & Randolph Tyler: Frank Dowd
tMike: Sanford Cohen
Other voices: Cathy Shaw, Sarah Provost, Sam Hack, & Ed Woodham

Performed at St. Anns Warehouse as part of the Labapalooza: Mini Festival of New Puppet Theater, May 2003

The recording mastered by David Patterson: