Meet longtime Greenwich Village resident, painter, actress, and housing rights activist Doris Diether, and street performer, artist, and puppeteer Ricky Syers. Syers makes marionettes that are the spitting image of people he knows in New York City’s Washington Square Park, including Diether. Her one foot tall doppelganger was made in 50 hours over just a few days, and continues to delight park visitors of all ages.

Persona, a short by Kayle Hope, tells the story of Doris the Marionette.

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