LAST CALL: Despite the effort, 'Puppetry' cannot pull press'strings

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."

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