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By Mike Ferrians
The Times 

Theater gifted with Indonesian "Wayang"


September 10, 2020

Lane Gwinn

The four Wayang Golek puppets given to the Liberty Theater. Help give them their names by voting at

Recently the Liberty Theater in Dayton received a message from a woman in Walla Walla: "My friend told me she was getting rid of some old puppets that belonged to her parents. She said she was going to give them to Goodwill. I thought, no, they need to go to a theater!"

These are Indonesian rod puppets, in the native language Wayang Golek which were procured by the previous owner's parents sometime during the 20th century during a visit to that country. The age of the puppets is not known; however, they are in pristine condition.

These four characters, all carved by hand from light wood and...

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