Inspired by a story about a beautiful friendship between a puppeteer and a former community activist that he first read on Laughing Squid, filmmaker David Friedman decided to explore the subject further and created “Rick & Doris: An Unconventional Friendship in New York City. With Puppets,” a short original piece for the newly formed AARP Studios.
Ricky Syers is an off-beat 50 year old street performer who found his calling as a puppeteer after a lifetime of manual labor. While performing in New York City’s Washington Square Park, he met Doris Diether, an 86 year old community activist. They became friends and he made a marionette that looks just like her. Now she’s joined his act and the two of them can often be seen performing together.
— David Friedman (@ironicsans) June 10, 2015
image via N*Studio
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