When PRWeek read that more than a dozen women had contacted the
audition hotline for the off-Broadway hit Puppetry of the Penis, we
thought we'd spotted evidence of a PR campaign gone awry. After all, how
well could the show be marketing itself if some actresses believe they
have a shot at landing a part in the (ahem) two-member cast, which
describes itself as practitioners of "the ancient art of genital
But PRWeek discovered that promoting a play with the p-word in its title
is not as simple as it may seem. "The View, which will interview Ron
Jeremy about his life as a porn star, will not have our guys on,"
explained Boneau/Bryan-Brown's Jackie Green, who is handling publicity
for Puppetry of the Penis. "Today will show Katie Couric's colonoscopy,
but they won't run anything either. I said, 'What if Dr. Bob Arnot does
the segment? Would that make any difference?'"
And even when journalists seem to be moving past their bashfulness,
Green can't count on coverage. So while an assortment of reporters
showed up to cover last week's tryouts - which, as it turned out, did
not include any female aspirants - she doubts she'll see a corresponding
boost in placements.
"I have a feeling that a lot of their best photos will end up in the
European press," she complained, "where we'll never get to see them."