In just one of many inventive choices in his production of Ubu Roi at Cutting Ball, director Yury Urnov cast puppets as side characters. Performer Nathaniel Justiniano, who specializes in bouffon and circus, made this choice exceptional. His puppet for the character Queen Rosemonde consisted of only a cloth wrapped around a fake red crab apple, resembling a cloak wrapped around a head. But Justiniano's dexterous tremors of fingertips gave the puppet body, personality, and an entire environment to relate to. This brief scene made a compelling case for the unique power of live theater: to build worlds with the most unassuming of tools.