For more than 35 years, XPT: Xperimental Puppetry Theater, one of the most artistically daring showcases in Atlanta, has largely flown under the radar of mainstream audiences. But its history and wacky legacy means a lot to the artists and volunteers who participate each year.
This year’s production, running Thursday through Sunday at the Center for Puppetry Arts, continues the show’s tradition of irreverence with 12 adult-oriented, puppet-based live performances and films premiering. Each piece runs about 10 minutes.
“Back in the day when they started XPT, it was for the puppeteers who were doing all these children’s shows to have a chance to play and do something for themselves,” said program director Wade Tilton.
Eventually, the showcase opened submissions to the public, meaning that anyone with an idea could apply for a slot, encouraging a variety of different entertainments to be presented every year. In the past, this