Subversives: Pee-wee’s Playhouse
This freewheeling conversation will explore the radical visual style, origins, and enduring legacy of the subversive Saturday morning classic television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse (1986-1990). Along with a team of writers, including our guest Bill Steinkellner, actor Paul Reubens developed the Pee-wee Herman character for a live stage show that premiered in 1980. The character would go on to appear in the TV movie The Pee-wee Herman Show and the feature film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985).
Centering on Pee-wee’s adventures in a playhouse filled with toys, bizarre gadgets, and talking furniture and appliances, the TV show featured a groundbreaking blend of live action, puppetry, stop-motion animation, and claymation. Our panel will include writer/actor George McGrath (Globey/Pterri/Cowntess/Fish) and artist/designer/puppeteer Wayne White (Dirty Dog/Randy/Mr. Kite), as well as Bill Steinkellner. The conversation will be moderated by Cheri Steinkellner.
This virtual event will take place on Zoom. The event is free but prior registration is required.