CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Featuring a puppet as its main character, the play "War Horse" won a half-dozen Tony awards two years ago.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Featuring a puppet as its main character, the play "War Horse" won a half-dozen Tony awards two years ago.

Now the play's director, Tom Morris, is launching the American debut of another puppet-based production at this year's Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston.

As he did with "War Horse," Morris is collaborating with the South African-based Handspring Puppet Company to produce the new version of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

The production will feature puppets in the form of birds, masks and even disembodied limbs.

Morris says using puppets is not always easy for a director. He says while most audience members let their imagination see them as live characters, there is a danger others will just see them as moving pieces of wood.