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The Carriage House

360 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT
sinkingshipproductions.com/a-hunger-artist/
800-838-3006

A Hunger Artist *

Sinking Ship Productions

February 1 - 4, 2018
February 1st-4th, 2018
Thursday-Saturday @ 7:30pm
Sunday @ 2:00pm
$25 General Admission $20 Seniors & Let's Go! Arts $15 Students **No one turned away for lack of funds tickets available

Sinking Ship's A HUNGER ARTIST makes its New England premiere at Hartbeat Ensemble after acclaimed runs in New York, Edinburgh (Winner of the Lustrum Award for Excellence) and Baltimore.

"Are you still starving? When are you going to stop...?"

A man sits alone in a cage, starving himself for your entertainment. Sinking Ship Productions' unique, visually-striking adaptation of the Franz Kafka short story uses physical theater, Victorian miniatures, puppetry, and a set of simple props to support a powerhouse solo performance.

Once cheered by thousands, the Hunger Artist is now forgotten by everyone except his one-time manager. What begins as a simple nostalgic story transforms into a startlingly inventive, darkly comic trip into the nature of memory, art, performance, and spectatorship, as told by the only person who remembers an artist whose act was simply... to hunger.

"Directed by Joshua William Gelb from an elegant script by Josh Luxenberg, this visually arresting 'Hunger Artist' leads with enchantment... [Levin] holds the audience in the palm of his hand." -The New York Times

"A bravura display of theatrical skill... the best, most complete work I've seen this year. If I had a sixth star, it would get one." -FringeGuru (Edinburgh)

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Workshop Grant (2016)

Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring St. NW
Atlanta, GA
puppet.org/buy-tickets/2017-18/the-pigeoning/
404-873-3391

Rob Long

THE PIGEONING *

Robin Frohardt

February 9 - 11, 2018
Feb 9th 8 pm
Feb 10th 8 pm
Feb 11th 5 pm
24.50

Obsessed with cleanliness and order, Frank is also plagued by pigeons. Convinced the pigeons are plotting against him, Frank sets out on an adventure to solve a problem that perhaps isn’t really there? The Pigeoning is a darkly comedic yet heartfelt story that spins articulate puppetry, original music, and lo-fi special effects into an epic tale about the illusion of safety and control in the context of the end of the world. The Pigeoning takes a look at the divide between man and nature at time when listening to the animals may be our best bet…

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2017) & Workshop Grant (2016)

OZ Arts Nashville

6172 Cockrill Bend Circle
Nashville, TN
ozartsnashville.org
617-237-2092

THE PIGEONING *

Robin Frohardt

February 16 - 17, 2018
February 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm
February 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm
$10-$25

Obsessed with cleanliness and order, Frank is also plagued by pigeons. Convinced the pigeons are plotting against him, Frank sets out on an adventure to solve a problem that perhaps isn’t really there? The Pigeoning is a darkly comedic yet heartfelt story that spins articulate puppetry, original music, and lo-fi special effects into an epic tale about the illusion of safety and control in the context of the end of the world. The Pigeoning takes a look at the divide between man and nature at a time when listening to the animals may be our best bet…

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2017) & Workshop Grant (2016)

Portland Ovations at Portland Stage

Babylon *

Sandglass Theater

March 1 - 3, 2018
8:00pm
$25

The fallen mythic civilization of Babylon becomes a metaphor for the destruction and destabilization that is leading much of the world into a refugee crisis of mythic proportion. Performed by five actors/singers/puppeteers, the puppets bring to life seven refugees at a metaphorical hearing about their need for asylum.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2017) and Workshop Grant (2016)

University of California Santa Barbara - Campbell Hall

Building 538, Santa Barbara, Mesa Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA
artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=3731
805-893-3535

Photo: Chuck Osgood

The Magic City *

Manual Cinema

March 4, 2018
3:00pm
$20 General Public, $14 12 & Under

Nine-year-old Philomena's inner world materializes as a pint-size metropolis of found objects in this magical retelling of Edith Nesbit's 1910 fantasy novel. With the help of toy theater, shadow puppetry, live music, and live actors in silhouette, she copes with the loss of her parents and the challenges of her new blended family, eventually finding a way to reconcile her Magic City with the reality of the world outside it.

* Recipient of a Production Grant (2017) and Presenters Grant (2017)

California State University, Northridge - Plaza del Sol Performance Hall

Photo: Chuck Osgood

The Magic City *

Manual Cinema

March 18, 2018
3:00pm
$10

Nine-year-old Philomena's inner world materializes as a pint-size metropolis of found objects in this magical retelling of Edith Nesbit's 1910 fantasy novel. With the help of toy theater, shadow puppetry, live music, and live actors in silhouette, she copes with the loss of her parents and the challenges of her new blended family, eventually finding a way to reconcile her Magic City with the reality of the world outside it.

* Recipient of a Production Grant (2017) and Presenters Grant (2017)

Great Arizona Puppet Theater

302 West Latham Street
Phoenix, AZ
azpuppets.org/shows.php
602-262-2050

Cinderella

Great Arizona Puppet Theater

December 27, 2017 - January 21, 2018
Wed-Fri - 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm
Sun 2pm
$7 for children and $10 for adults. Children under 2 are free only with the purchase of another child's ticket. Member tickets are $6 for children and $9 for adults.

The girl, the prince, the glass slipper! Lots of laughs and special effects make Cinderella an audience favorite. This show was awarded the UNIMA-USA Citation for Excellence in Puppetry. *Sunday, January 21 is a special event, Cinderella's Ball!*

Puppet Showplace Theatre

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

The Bremen Town Musicians

CactusHead Puppets

January 13 - 28, 2018
January 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28 (Sat-Sun)
| 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
January 15 (Mon) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
January 19 (Fri) | 7:00 pm (Reception)
$12, $8 members

What can a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster do when they have to leave their farm? Become world famous musicians, of course! CactusHead Puppets brings to life the hilarious tale of four farm animals who set out on the road to Bremen to pursue their dreams of stardom. Along the way, they encounter a fortune, foil some robbers, and learn how to work together in harmony. This production features loveable rod puppets, elaborate shadow scenes, and CactusHead puppets' signature sense of humor.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

1500 East Lake Street
Minneaolis, MN
hobt.org/performances-2/ta-da/
612-721-2535

It and Git – Or How Change Makes the World Go Round

Theresa Linnihan

January 20, 2018
10 a.m. and 12 noon
$5 Children $3 Adults

Millions and billions of years ago two cousins floated happily in a primeval ocean. Floating was about all they could do because little IT and little GIT were amoebas. But nothing can float forever. Volcanos erupt. Oceans shift. And the cousins must change or perish. Theresa Linnihan presents an original take on the story of evolution. Performing with a cranky, a form of primitive animation, and colorful shadow puppets Theresa invites the audience to cheer little IT and GIT along the dangerous and miraculous path to becoming human.

The Yard, Martha's Vineyard

Autumn Portraits, When I Put On Your Glove and other works (excerpts)

Sandglass Theater

January 20, 2018
7:00pm
$10 Suggested Donation

Sandglass Theater performs excerpts of multiple works. Autumn Portraits was originally a compelling evening-long solo puppet-and-mask performance created by Eric Bass. Eric recently handed four of his five interlocking vignettes to his daughter Shoshana Bass, who has developed a new show in which the pieces answer questions of spiritual crisis, belonging, and generational dialogue. Each of the vignettes explores one puppet character and its interplay with its manipulator, who might appear as a masked figure, or simply a voice from the sky. Eric Bass’ handcrafted rod puppets are characters in the “autumn” of their existence. In the hands of his daughter, the puppets act out their stories in precise and evocative gestures as they meet their pasts, their selves, their deaths.

St. Cyprian's Church

An Evening of Balinese Shadow Play

ShadowLight Productions

January 20, 2018
8:00pm
$20 Advance / $25 Door for general admission, $18 for students, children, & seniors

Wayang Bali, the Balinese Shadow Play, is one of the most revered traditional art forms in the world. Plots for Wayang Bali are drawn from the Mahabharata myth cycle, in which five brothers are pitted against one hundred jealous cousins in a struggle for power involving gods, demons, magical weapons, and the inevitable beautiful princess. Larry and the Gamelan musicians make it possible for Western audiences to enjoy this classical form of storytelling.

Center for Puppetry Arts

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

Photo: Clay Walker

Rainforest Adventures

Center for Puppetry Arts, Adapted by Jon Ludwig

January 23 - March 4, 2018
see website for dates and times
$11.25-$19.50

It’s a jungle out there in this entertaining and enlightening peek at the amazingAmazonian rainforest.

Reduced-price Previews Jan 23 & 24

Great Arizona Puppet Theater

302 West Latham Street
Phoenix, AZ
azpuppets.org/shows.php
602-262-2050

Little Dino's Baby Tooth

Great Arizona Puppet Theater

January 24 - 28, 2018
Wed-Fri - 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm
Sun 2pm
$7 for children and $10 for adults. Children under 2 are free only with the purchase of another child's ticket. Member tickets are $6 for children and $9 for adults.

In this adorable show, Little Dino is scared to lose his very first baby tooth. Luckily, his friend Maisy the butterfly is around to help ease his fears and teach him how to take good care of his teeth, healthy eating habits, and how to brush to keep baby and big teeth happy and healthy. Best for PreK audiences and up, this is one of our most popular new touring shows and is playing for one week only!

UConn's Studio Theatre

802 Bolton Road
Storrs, CT
bimp.uconn.edu
860-486-8580

UConn Winter Puppet Slam

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

January 26, 2018
8:00 PM
Free admission; donations greatly appreciated

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry and the UConn Puppet Arts Program will present the 2018 UConn Winter Puppet Slam on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at 8 p.m. in UConn’s Studio Theatre located at 802 Bolton Road, Storrs, Conn. 06269. The UConn Winter Puppet Slam will feature short works by professional puppeteers and performers from around New England, including Bonnie Duncan, Jim Napolitano, John O’Donnell, and Paul Spirito, as well as new works for puppet and object theater by students from UConn's School of Fine Arts.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

1500 East Lake Street
Minneaolis, MN
hobt.org/performances-2/ta-da/
612-721-2535

Bruce Silcox

Gary’s Garden

Seth Eberle

January 27, 2018
10 a.m. and 12 noon
$5 Children $3 Adults

In this production, Gary has saved some of his seeds from last year in order to plant his garden. While waiting for the plants to grow, a sneaky rabbit tries to avoid detection. He really wants a nice meal! Will Gary stop the rabbit from getting into his garden? Gary's Garden is meant for children ages 2-8 as they learn about where food comes from and how plants grow.

Historic Charlie Chaplin Soundstage at the Jim Henson Company

1416 North LaBrea Ave.
Hollywood, CA
ticketmaster.com/venueartist/90374/2270485

Puppet Up! Uncensored

Brian Henson / Henson Alternative

January 27 - 28, 2018
Saturday - 6:00pm & 9:00pm
Sunday - 5:00pm
$60-$125

Puppet Up! - Uncensored is a night of outrageous, off-the-cuff comedy featuring 80 original puppets brought to life by a cast of world-class comedian puppeteers from The Jim Henson Company. Created by legendary puppeteer and award-winning director Brian Henson and directed by Patrick Bristow (Ellen, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Puppet Up! - Uncensored is never the same show twice.

Based on suggestions from the audience, Patrick and his team of expert puppeteers create a hilarious two-shows-in-one: the improvised puppet action projected live on screens above the stage, with the puppeteers racing around below in full view of the audience. The show also features recreations of classic pieces originally created by Jim and Jane Henson, and Frank Oz that haven’t been seen by live audiences in decades.

This is no ordinary puppet show.

Mummenschanz 2018 USA Tour

MUMMENSCHANZ - You and Me

Mummenschanz

January 31 - April 26, 2018
See Venues for Details

“You and Me” celebrates the mutual joy the audience and performers share in Mummenschanz's one-of-a-kind theatrical performances. The show brings to life the large scale masks you’ve grown to love from Mummenschanz and its classic sketches that have endured the test of time.

2018 USA Tour

1/31/18 - Modesto, CA - Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
2/1/18 - Folsom, CA - The Harris Center for the Arts
2/11/18 - Northridge, CA - Valley Performing Arts Center
2/17/18 - Albuquerque, NM - Popejoy Hall
2/18/18 - Tucson, AZ - Centennial Hall
2/23/18 - Richardson, TX - Margaret & Al Hill Performance Hall
2/24/18 - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theater
2/27/18 - Fayetteville, AR - Walton Arts Center
3/1/18 - Marion, IL - Marion Cultural and Civic Center
3/2/18 - Long Beach, CA - Carpenter Performing Arts Center
3/3/18 - Glen Ellyn, IL - McAninch Arts Center
3/10/18 - Saginaw, MI - Temple Theater
3/11/18 - Detroit, MI - Music Hall Center
3/13/18 - Frostburg, MD - Forstburg State University
3/17/18 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Bardovan
3/18/18 - New Brunswick, NJ - State Theater New Jersey
3/22/18 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
3/25/18 - Ruthland, VT - Paramount Theater
3/28/18 - Allentown, PA - Allentown Symphony Hall
3/29/18 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
4/3/18 - Springfield, IL - Sangamon Auditorium
4/4/18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Byham Theater
4/13/18 - Clemson, SC - Clemson University
4/14/18 - Maryville, TN - Clayton Center for the Arts
4/18/18 - Hammond, LA - Columbia Theater
4/21/18 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theater
4/22/18 - Naples, FL - Frances Pew Hayes Hall
4/25/18 - Daytona Beach, FL - Peabody Auditorium
4/26/18 - Sarasota, FL - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
4/29/18 - St. Petersburg, FL - Mahaffey Theater
7/3/18 - Columbia, MO - Jesse Auditorium
7/4/18 - Manassas, VA - Hylton Performing Arts Center Merchant Hall
8/4/18 - University Park, PA - Center for the Performing Arts

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

1500 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN
hobt.org/performances
612-721-2535

Image by Tim Cronin-Hnilicka

Make Believe Neighborhood

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

February 2 - 25, 2018
Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Feb. 4 at 2:30 pm

Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Feb. 11 at 2:30 pm

Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 pm
Monday, Feb. 19 at 7:30pm* special show celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2:30 pm
$10 - 20

Make Believe Neighborhood celebrates Neighborhood Helpers – the ordinary people who do extraordinary work to make our own neighborhood a brighter, healthier, friendlier place. Director Bart Buch weaves these stories together with scenes from the life of Fred Rogers and gorgeous music produced by Martin Dosh. Join us as we look deeper into the background of Mr. Rogers and how he came to be a strong advocate for children, the beauty of the everyday, and simple acts of kindness. At the same time, we’ll shine a spotlight on some of the neighbors who have made our community what it is today.

Simpich Showcase

2413 W Colorado Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO
simpich.com/theatre-2016/
719-465-2492

The Hans Christian Andersen Storybook

David Simpich

February 2 - March 3, 2018
See website for details
$14-$17

Interweaving seven of Andersen’s classic fairy tales, this solo theatre piece explores and celebrates the themes of Denmark’s premier storyteller. The Ugly Duckling takes center stage to live out and discuss his troubling storyline with his author (portrayed by puppeteer David Simpich). Other Andersen characters including the Little Match Girl, Thumbelina and the Steadfast Tin Soldier join in to share their tales as well and cheer the duckling on towards his story’s profound conclusion.

Puppet Showplace Theatre

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

The Fairy Tailor

Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist

February 3 - 19, 2018
February 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00
pm & 3:00 pm
February 9 (Fri) | 7:00 pm (Reception)
February 19 (Mon) | 10:30 am & 1:00 pm
$12, $8 members

Magical beings are known for their great sense of fashion. But who stitches together all of their stories? Meet the Fairy Tailor, hard at work in her enchanted shop, where dressing racks and laundry baskets are known to have a mind of their own. Watch as she transforms everyday garments into extraordinary characters, and shares stories of bravery, from “Little Red Riding Hood(ie),” to “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” With the audience’s help, the Fairy Tailor summons the courage to take a stand against a giant, crafting a solution that combines cleverness with creativity. This colorful, interactive production is guaranteed to inspire audiences of all ages.

Sandglass Theater

17 Kimball Hill Road
Putney, VT
sandglasstheater.org/
802-387-4051
Modern Times Theater

Punch and Judy On Ice

Modern Times Theater

February 17, 2018
11 AM and 2 PM
$9

Mr. Punch is trying to beat the winter blues. With a rollicking cast of characters, live music (played on everything from the ukulele to the bicycle pump) and a hilarious story, this skillful performance brings a puppet classic to life with a contemporary vaudeville flair and a modern family-friendly sensibility. Hand puppets. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Winter Sunshine is a series by Sandglass Theater committed to wonderful puppet shows for family audiences.

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT
bimp.uconn.edu
860-486-8580
Pavla Mano and Csaba Raduly perform Plastic

Plastic

Puzzle Theatre

February 24, 2018
11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Adults: $12; Members/Seniors $10; Students: $8; Kids: $6 (12 years and under).

What is more surprising than a plastic-bag world, where funny and colorful creatures are born and transform themselves as much as they like? In Puzzle Theatre's Plastic, plastic bags fill themselves, empty themselves, fly, eat each other, are bored—in other words, they exist! Step by step they reveal their nature: they are primitive, naïve, and funny, and they resemble us a little bit... maybe… Remaining faithful to their artistic roots, Puzzle Theatre offers an original, multicolored performance with unusual puppets created on the spot with plastic bags, filled humor and unexpected situations. The show, created and performed by Pavla Mano and Csaba Raduly with music by Petya Nedeva, is 40 minutes long and recommended for ages 5+.

Created in Bulgaria in 1996, and based in Montreal since 2004, Puzzle Theatre has developed a unique style that mixes various genres. Combining objects, puppets and actors, Puzzle Theatre works with a colorful amalgam of styles and widely diverse means of expression. The company includes artistic director Pavla Mano; actor and creator Csaba Raduly; and set and costume designer Ivan Stavrev.

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA
puppetshowplace.org/disposable
617-731-6400

Disposable

Puzzle Theater (Quebec, Canada)

March 2 - 3, 2018
Friday & Saturday - 8:00pm
$15 / $10 Puppets at Night Members

A being without a name or face sets off on life's mysterious journey. Using masterful movement and the simplest of materials, the internationally acclaimed Puzzle Theater delivers awordless, poetic tribute to the beauty and fragility of existence.

Recommended for adults and all ages 10 and up.

Center for Puppetry Arts

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

Photo: Richard Parsons

The Wizard of Oz

Frisch Marionettes of Cincinnati, OH

March 6 - 18, 2018
See website for dates and times
$19.50

Celebrate America’s rich musical heritage as Dorothy travels down the Yellow Brick Road to find out why the Lion, the Tinman, and the Strawman are all singing the Blues.

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT
bimp.uconn.edu
860-486-8580
Faye Dupras as Trudy with Harold the Caterpillar in I Spy Butterfly

I Spy Butterfly

Faye Dupras

March 24, 2018
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Ticket Prices: Adults: $12; Members/Seniors $10; Students: $8; Kids: $6 (12 years and under)

How does a nature-loving explorer kid become a bug's best friend? Find out in this delightful eco-story about the ways we all grow and change. When Trudy's caterpillar friend Harold suddenly transforms into a chrysalis, she's determined to do the same. Just when she is about to give up hope, she learns that her tiny friend needs her now more than ever. Live music, colorful critters, and oodles of audience interaction make this show a fun ecological romp in the wild! This show is 45 minutes long and is recommended for ages 3+ (but all ages are welcome to attend!).

Touring North America

for tour dates go to www.dinosaurzoolive.us
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www.dinosaurzoolive.us
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live on tour across North America

Christopher Waits

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live National Tour

Created by Erth Visual & Physical, Sydney, Australia

October 24, 2017 - April 27, 2018
see website for dates and times
$10 - $50

Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour that begins in pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide - but don’t! Because you won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia. While it may indeed have been 65 million years in the making, we think you’ll agree, it’s well worth the wait.

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