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University Prep Theater

D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks *

Sandglass Theater

March 5, 2017
3:00pm
$15-$50

Developed using a collective story-making method called TimeSlips, Sandglass Theater's award winning D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks explores the rich creative potential and ability to communicate that exists in people with late-stage dementia. Their words, their images and their creative imaginations yield work that is poetic, humorous and quite mysterious. From these gathered stories, Sandglass Theater forms scenes of the inner lives of the characters and creates a piece that reflects the stigma, acceptance, despair and joy that is equally present and possible in both the person with dementia and in their caregivers, family members and broader community.

The work is performed by three puppeteers (the caregivers) and five puppets (the residents of a care community). Set to a compelling original score and striking animated video segments, D-Generation takes us into a world that is all too much a part of our lives.

TimeSlips was developed by Dr. Anne Basting, who received the 2016 MacArthur Genius Grant for her work. TimeSlips opens storytelling to everyone by replacing the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine.

The hour-long performance will be followed by a facilitated discussion and sharing of community resources and support.

FREE WORKSHOPS & DISCUSSIONS - MARCH 6 - 9

The performance will be followed by four days of workshops and discussions March 6-9.

The workshops will introduce TimeSlips which aims to improve the well-being of elders by infusing creativity into care relationships and systems. The workshops are tailored for specific audiences.

There is no cost to attend the workshops. Since they are limited to 30 participants, you should register as soon as possible.

Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center

151 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA
tomleeprojects.com/shanks-mare
413-545-2511
Shank's Mare created by Tom Lee & Koryu Nishikawa V

Ayumi Sakamoto

Shank's Mare *

Tom Lee & Koryu Nishikawa V

March 30, 2017
6:30 pm Preshow conversation with artists
7:30 pm Performance
$10 - $25

Yara Arts Group, with the generous support of the Japan Foundation New York, is very excited to announce the 2017 Spring US tour of Shank’s Mare, a collaborative puppet piece by American puppet artist Tom Lee and Japanese traditional puppeteer Koryu Nishikawa V. This beautiful and detailed production combines Japanese traditional puppetry, live video projection of miniature sets and a haunting score on hammered dulcimer and Japanese shamisen and flute. “You simply won't see better puppetry anywhere nor a tighter braiding of methods old and new nor artists working so confidently at the peak of their craft.” -TimeOut New York

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2015) and Workshop Grant (2010)

Detroit Film Theater at the Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI
tomleeprojects.com/shanks-mare
313-833-7900
Shank's Mare created by Tom Lee & Koryu Nishikawa V

Ayumi Sakamoto

Shank's Mare *

Tom Lee & Koryu Nishikawa V

April 7 - 9, 2017
April 7 @ 7pm PERFORMANCE
April 8 @ 2pm PERFORMANCE
April 9 @ 1-3PM PUPPETRY WORKSHOP
$15 - $25

Yara Arts Group, with the generous support of the Japan Foundation New York, is very excited to announce the 2017 Spring US tour of Shank’s Mare, a collaborative puppet piece by American puppet artist Tom Lee and Japanese traditional puppeteer Koryu Nishikawa V. This beautiful and detailed production combines Japanese traditional puppetry, live video projection of miniature sets and a haunting score on hammered dulcimer and Japanese shamisen and flute. “You simply won't see better puppetry anywhere nor a tighter braiding of methods old and new nor artists working so confidently at the peak of their craft.” -TimeOut New York

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2015) and Workshop Grant (2010)

Asia Society Texas Center, Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater

1370 Southmore Blvd
Houston, TX
tomleeprojects.com/shanks-mare
713-496-9901
Shank's Mare created by Tom Lee & Koryu Nishikawa V

Ayumi Sakamoto

Shank's Mare *

Tom Lee & Koryu Nishikawa V

April 13 - 14, 2017
April 13 @ 8pm PERFORMANCE
April 14 time TBD, Public workshop
April 14 @ 8pm PERFORMANCE
$15 - $25

Yara Arts Group, with the generous support of the Japan Foundation New York, is very excited to announce the 2017 Spring US tour of Shank’s Mare, a collaborative puppet piece by American puppet artist Tom Lee and Japanese traditional puppeteer Koryu Nishikawa V. This beautiful and detailed production combines Japanese traditional puppetry, live video projection of miniature sets and a haunting score on hammered dulcimer and Japanese shamisen and flute. “You simply won't see better puppetry anywhere nor a tighter braiding of methods old and new nor artists working so confidently at the peak of their craft.” -TimeOut New York

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2015) and Workshop Grant (2010)

Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring St. NW
Atlanta, GA
puppet.org/programs/family-series/
404.873.3391

Madalina Anton

The Adventures of Mighty Bug

Written and Directed by Jon Ludwig

January 24 - March 12, 2017
see website for details
$20.50

Scorpiana is on the loose and threatening the insect citizens of Bugville! Is our hero Mighty Bug up for the challenge? Find out in this science-filled, comic-book-style adventure!

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA
puppetshowplace.org/mainstage-shows/
617.731.6400

Trickster Tales

Barefoot Puppets

March 2 - 5, 2017
March 2 & 3 (Thurs & Fri) | 10:30am
March 4 & 5 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
$12

Can a spider defeat an elephant at tug-of-war? Overpower a python? Capture a cloud of hornets? With Anansi the Spider, world famous trickster, all things are possible...if you only have a plan! This show brings traditional stories from West Africa to life with beautifully expressive rod puppets, colorful scenery, original music, and fun special effects. It's a high-energy show with lots of laughs!

Mayo Street Arts

10 Mayo St.
Portland, ME
mayostreetarts.org
Nicely, Benny and Rusty from Guys & Dolls

David Worobec

Guys & Dolls

Tophat Miniature Stage Productions

March 4, 2017
7:30pm
$20 preferred seating, $8 Early Bird, $12 General, $6 Kids

Toy theater maestro and trained opera singer David Worobec singlehandedly sings and performs this full length play with miniature figures from a fully loaded miniature theater designed by Polly Plimpton.

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT
bimp.uconn.edu
860-486-8580
Michael Bannon, Director of Advertising Production for Bob's Discount Furniture, with Little Bob

Puppetry & Animation

Michael Bannon

March 8, 2017
7 p.m.
Free admission; donations greatly appreciated

Stop-motion animation artist Michael Bannon's Wreckless Abandon Studios has produced and directed award-winning commercials for scores of companies across the United States, as well as the famous "Little Bob" spokespuppet for Connecticut-based Bob's Discount Furniture. Hear Michael explain the dynamics and opportunities of contemporary visual storytelling with the arts of stop-motion puppet animation.

Admission to this events is free (donations greatly appreciated!), and refreshments will be served. Come early, and experience our puppet exhibitions, as well as the video resources in our library nook. Forums will be broadcast via Facebook Live. Visit bimp.uconn.edu or call 860-486-8580 for more information.

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA
puppetshowplace.org/mainstage-shows/
617.731.6400

Raccoon Tales

Brad Shur, Artist in Residence

March 9 - 12, 2017
February 16 & 17 (Thurs & Fri) | 10:30am
February 18 & 19 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
February 20 (Monday) | 10:30am & 1pm
$12

"Raccoon Tales" features three humorous vignettes inspired by Native American just-so stories: "How the Fox and the Raccoon Trick Each Other," "Why the Blue Jay is Blue and the Gray Wolf Isn’t," and "Why the Bear has a Stumpy Tail." Together we'll journey deep into the forest with the trickster Ring-Around-His-Tail-Raccoon as our guide. Along the way, we'll meet lots of animal characters, from a beautiful Blue Jay to a not-so-bright Bear. Each story is brought to life with beautifully-designed hand puppets and scenery.

HIGHWAYS Performance Space

1651 18th Street @ 18th Street Arts Center
Santa Monica, CA
highwaysperformance.org
310-529-2889
Ordinary Objects - Strings & Things Puppet Theatre

Robert Fu

Ordinary Objects

Strings & Things Puppet Theatre

March 10 - 11, 2017
Friday, March 10th @ 8:30 PM
Saturday, March 11th @ 8:30 PM
$25 Adults / $20 Students & Seniors

Ordinary Objects explores the ambiguities of objects with puppetry in an absurd performance by Strings & Things Puppet Theatre. Using the anthropomorphic nature of ordinary objects to depict ideas expressed by surrealist Rene' Magritte, the experiment draws on humorous and bawdy comic cliches' and dislocated repetitions with an underlying message of metaphysical distress while paying tribute to filmmakers, artists, and existentialists who extrapolate meaning from the world of objects.

Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring St. NW
Atlanta, GA
puppet.org/programs/family-series/
404.873.3391

The Dragon King

Tanglewood Marionettes

March 14 - April 2, 2017
see website for details
$20.50

The rains are gone. Will the village survive? A fearless Grandmother resolves to ask the Dragon King why he is withholding the rain, even if she must go to the bottom of the sea!

Mayo Street Arts

Nance Parker

Shoestring Theater's Peter Pan

Shoestring Theater

March 17 - 18, 2017
March 17 at 7pm
March 18 at 7pm
$12 general / $8 Early Bird / $8 Kids / $18 Preferred Seating

Come to Neverland and join Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and more in this unique take on the classic.
Directed by Nance Parker

Great for all ages!

Sandglass Theater

17 Kimball Hill
Putney, VT
sandglasstheater.org/presenting/winter-sunshine-series/
802-387-4051

Winter Sunshine Series

Sandglass Theater

March 18 - 26, 2017
11 AM & 2 PM
$9/ticket and $30 for family of four

Southern Vermont’s favorite puppet theater event for young audiences offers a range of live puppetry and theater performances for affordable prices.

Saturday March 18th, Double Image Theater Lab: I Laid An Egg, Saturday March 25th Brad Shur (Resident Artist at Puppet Showplace Theater): Cardboard Explosion! and Sunday March 26th there is a workshop with Brad Shur ~ Building Puppets with Recycled Materials.

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT
bimp.uconn.edu
860-486-8580
Honey Goodenough and Harry LaCoste of Good Hearted Entertainment perform in Word Play.

Word Play

Good Hearted Entertainment

March 25, 2017
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Adults: $12; Members/Seniors $10; Students: $8; Kids: $6 (12 years and under)

"Word Play" uses clowning and puppetry to take audiences on an adventure through the alphabet. Words come to life in the hands of two skilled performers, who clown around with sounds and colorful puppet letters to create dozens of dynamic, interactive characters and imaginative scenes. Audiences can make friends with vowels, teach tricks to a “C-A-T” and “D-O-G,” and visit a Word Zoo full of surprises. It's the perfect blend of education and entertainment - a play on words, literally!

Puppetry in NYC title image is from Project B - 3 Works, photo by Jane Stein.