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The Peale Center

225 Holliday St.
Baltimore, MD
artful.ly/store/events/11184

H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum Presents: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Aquisitions from the Perisphere *

Submersive Productions

March 30 - April 30, 2017
March 30 & 31 - 8:00pm
April 1 - 8:00pm
April 2 - 7:00pm
April 6, 7, 8 - 8:00pm
April 9 - 7:00pm
April 13, 14, 15 - 8:00pm
April 16 - 7:00pm
April 20, 21, 22 - 8:00pm
April 23 - 7:00pm
April 27, 28, 29 - 8:00pm
April 30 - 7:00pm
$20-$75

In this newly devised immersive theater experience by Submersive Productions, you are invited to the Grand Opening of H.T. Darling's new exhibit of artifacts from the planet New Galapagos. By interacting with the curious inhabitants of the museum, the building, and the exhibition itself, each audience member must choose their own path through the evening's strange events.

Please note:
Making the most of your experience will require you to ascend and descend at least two staircases (and more if you choose). Some amount of standing and light walking will also be necessary. Seating and gentle guidance will be available throughout the space for those who may require it. We expect the experience to last about two hours from the posted start time. Beverages and snacks will be available (donations appreciated). Restrooms will be accessible throughout the experience. Coat racks and safe storage for bags will also be available.

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

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

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!

Cabot Theatre at Skylight Music Theatre

158 N Broadway
Milwaukee, WI
www.skylightmusictheatre.org
414-291-7800
Alex Campea (Ensemble) operates one arm of Azor (The Beast) as Gillian Hollis (Zémire) rehearses for Skylight Music Theatre’s opera, Beauty and the Beast (Zémire et Azor) running March 17-26.

Mark Frohna

Beauty and the Beast (Zémire et Azor)

Skylight Music Theatre

March 17 - 26, 2017
Friday, March 17 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 18 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 19 at 2:00pm
Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30pm
Friday, March 24 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 25 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 26 at 2:00pm
$23.50 - $73.50

This inventive adaptation based on the original fairy tale is a visual spectacle featuring dance and larger-than-life puppetry designed by James Ortiz , who was a recipient of the 2014 Jim Henson Foundation grant, a 2016 Obie Award-winner, and who recently became a a 2017 recipient of the Jim Henson Foundation residency at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Ortiz also serves as director. André Grétry’s 18th century opera is sung in English and performed live, by a 13-piece orchestra.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

1500 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN
hobt.org/performances/
612-721-2535
l-r: Gille, Helling, Osberg, Wanduragala

Bruce Silcox

Puppet Lab 2017

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

March 17 - 26, 2017
Friday, March 17 - 7:30pm
Saturday, March 18 - 7:30pm
Sunday, March 19 - 2:30pm

Friday, March 24 - 7:30pm
Saturday, March 25 - 7:30pm
Sunday, March 26 - 2:30pm
15

The 2017 Puppet Lab performances, featuring brand new experimental work by four emerging artists, generously supported by the Jerome Foundation. The series is runs for two weekends with two artists featured each weekend.

Week 1 - March 17 & 18 at 7:30pm, March 19 at 2:30pm
"Fulfillingness' Rebirth" by Chamindika Wanduragala explores the conflict surrounding an artist who becomes a mother though shadow puppet stop-motion animation.
In "Brothers" by Madeline Helling, two brothers take over their parents’ estate and discover that the demographics of the neighborhood are shifting, so they devise a plan to build a wall to keep the neighbors out.

Week 2 - March 24 & 25 at 7:30pm, March 26 at 2:30pm
"Bipolar Lite" by Patty Gille is a colorful variety show featuring puppets, masks, and slapstick performances that reflect Gille’s experiences and challenges living a bipolar life. "Mythomania" by Allison Osberg is a fairly factual study of our post-truth world, told through the eyes of a sweet potato.

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.

Puppet Showplace Theater

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

Hao Bang Ah, Rooster

Chinese Theatre Works

March 23 - 26, 2017
March 23 & 24 (Thur & Fri) | 10:30am
March 25 & 26 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
$12

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster in this fun and interactive show featuring a jolly selection of hand puppet vignettes based on popular songs and well-known Chinese sayings. Discover pearls of Rooster-themed wisdom from stories such as: “Hen crows like a Rooster in the morning,” “Fail to steal the Rooster, while it eats up all your bait!” and “Rooster talks to Duck.”

Audiences will be introduced to traditional Chinese New Year customs and foods (red envelopes, fish and “nian gao”) and also meet some other animals of the Chinese zodiac (Tigers, Rabbits, Dragons, Snakes, Horses, Sheep and Monkeys). Sing-alongs, games, and a post-show hands-on demonstration will make the Chinese language and cultural experience accessible to even the youngest audience members!

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry Theatre

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT
bimp.uconn.edu
UConn Puppet Arts graduate student Shane McNeal (back) as the outlandish Doc Foster with UConn Puppet Arts undergraduate students Esme Roszel (left) and Katherine Folker (right) as Benjamin and Missy

Doc Foster's Twisted Tales

Shane C.S. McNeal

March 24 - April 2, 2017
March 24 7:30 p.m.
March 31 7:30 p.m.
March 25 7:30 p.m.
April 01 7:30 p.m.
March 26 7:30 p.m.
April 02 7:30 p.m.
Adults: $12; Members/Seniors $10; Students: $8

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut is pleased to host the premiere of "Doc Foster’s Twisted Tales", a wickedly macabre puppet show anthology combining hand and shadow puppetry and crankies to bring four original tales of terror to life as told by the eccentric Doc Foster and his misfit troupe of performers. UConn Puppet Arts Program MFA candidate Shane C.S. McNeal pays tribute to the horror genre with this twisted dark comedy of cautionary tales.

Step right up ladies and gentlemen! Step right up and prepare to be shocked, delighted, and horrified during "Doc Foster’s Twisted Tales"! The one and only Doctor Thaddeus J. Foster rolls into town to beguile audiences with his rare and ghastly brand of storytelling. Nowhere else will audiences have the opportunity to marvel as monsters, specters, and demons congregate to terrorize the innocent! Stories of intrigue, love, betrayal (and the occasional murder) lay in store for the curious and the brave. Nothing is sacred or too strange for Foster, who reminds us that not every story has a happy ending.

Shane McNeal, MFA candidate in the UConn Puppet Arts Program, has been creating, designing, and performing for puppet theater and film since 2008. He has worked as a puppeteer with a wide range of artists and organizations including the Silk City Chorus, the Connecticut Repertory Theatre and the Boston Pops. He returns to the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry after his family-friendly performances of Canteen Tales: Quest for the Golden Spork, and Victoria’s Not So Bedtime Stories, which debuted in the 2016 Summertime Saturday Puppet Show Series.

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT
bimp.uconn.edu
860-486-8580
Bruce Kennett

W.A. Dwiggins: Puppetry and Graphic Design

Bruce Kennett

March 29, 2017
7 p.m.
Free admission; donations greatly appreciated

While William Addison Dwiggins (1880-1956) has long been recognized in American puppetry as a singularly innovative early 20th-century modernist, he had an equally influential career as an illustrator, type designer, calligrapher, and book designer. Join Bruce Kennett, author of a forthcoming monograph on Dwiggins, in a fascinating and enlightening discussion of this unique polymath of visual design.

Admission to this event 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

Punschi: The Adventures of Kasper

Sandglass Theater

March 30 - April 2, 2017
March 30 & 31 (Thur & Fri) | 10:30am
April 1 & 2 (Sat & Sun) | 1pm & 3pm
$12

Join the German hand puppet hero Kasper on two imaginative adventure stories that come to life on a whimsical puppet stage made out of a giant umbrella! When Kasper’s best friend, the endearing giant Augustine, wins an airplane in a sweepstakes, Kasper accidentally flies off! Luckily, Grandma and her clothesline come to the rescue. In the second story, Kasper’s efforts to go on a journey are flustered by a comical cow who steals his suitcase and sends Kasper and his friends on a rollicking chase. Audiences of all ages will delight in this interactive call-and-response show complete with musical interludes, comical banter in English and German, and appearances by the feisty clown named Tschokolino. Originally created by German-born puppeteer Ines Zeller Bass, Punschi is now proudly presented by Ines’ daughter Jana.

Center for Puppetry Arts

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

Illustration by James Dean

Pete the Cat

Based on the book series by James Dean Adapted by Jon Ludwig and Jason Hines Directed by Jon Ludwig

April 4 - May 21, 2017
see website for details
$20.50

This new show is a groovy adventure of one cool, skateboarding, surfing, rocking blue cat and his fine friends. A new show based on the New York Times Best Seller series.

Ballard Institute Theatre

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT
bimp.uconn.edu
860-486-8580
Papa Parmaseano, a character from 100 Birds by UConn Puppet Arts Undergraduate Student John Cody

100 Birds

John Cody

April 7 - 9, 2017
April 7 - 7:30 p.m.
April 8 - 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
April 9 - 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free. Due to limited seating, tickets must be reserved at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, by calling 860-486-8580, or online at http://bimp.ticketleap.com/.

A magical and whimsical, if not slightly chaotic, group of birds have flocked to the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry! 100 Birds follows Jada Jones, captain of her middle school’s basketball team, who finds out that her school doesn’t have the money to get the team to their playoff game. The 100 Birds, an intergalactic troupe of feathered friends, come from outer space to help Jada after she wishes upon a shooting star for help. Using their skills as birds and their love of math, the avian crew bands together with Jada to host the biggest fundraiser ever and create the world’s largest pizza! But, the nefarious Dr. Allundrious Pepper, who hates birds, is dead set on foiling their plans. Will Jada and the birds make it out alive, giblets and all?

John Cody, along with fellow UConn Puppet Arts Program undergraduate student Katayoun Amir-Aslani ’18 weave together rod puppets, hand puppets, string puppets, and more into an experience that both adults and children will love, with a focus on comedy and positivity. This show is made possible by UConn’s IDEA Grant, which provides funding for independent projects by undergraduate students.

John Cody is a New York-based puppeteer who will be graduating with a BFA in Puppet Arts this May. Deciding he wanted to be a puppeteer before the age of five, John has since worked on many projects of all different kinds, from marionettes to hand puppets to giant character costumes. He has had the tremendous opportunity to learn and work alongside some of the folks behind The Muppets, Sesame Street, and Bear in the Big Blue House.

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT
bimp.uconn.edu
860-486-8580

Meg Dolan

Banners and Cranks

Clare Dolan and Dave Buchen

April 12, 2017
7 p.m.
Free admission; donations greatly appreciated

In conjunction with the concurrent Banners and Cranks exhibition at the Ballard Institute, curator Clare Dolan, puppeteer and director of Vermont’s Museum of Everyday Life; and Puerto-Rico based puppeteer, author, and visual artist Dave Buchen talk about the old-and-new international painting and performance medium they have nurtured since the first Banners and Cranks festival in 2010.

Admission to this event 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.

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT
bimp.ticketleap.com
860-486-8580

Photograph courtesy of Clare Dolan

Banners and Cranks Mini-Festival

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

April 14 - 15, 2017
Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices for each day: Adults: $12; Members/Seniors $10; Students: $8; Kids: $6 (12 years and under)

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present its first-ever Banners and Cranks Mini-Festival on April 14 and 15, 2017 in conjunction with its current exhibit "Banners and Cranks: Paintings and Scrolls in Performance." The Banners and Cranks Mini-Festival will present cranky and cantastoria performances created by puppeteers, musicians, and artists from throughout the Northeast, with productions geared for adult audiences on Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. and family-friendly shows on Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m. All events will take place at the Ballard Institute, located at 1 Royce Circle in Storrs Center.

On Friday, April 14 starting at 7 p.m. performances will include Dave Buchen’s "Three Mythological Metaphors for Donald Trump"; "Lattimer" by Felice Amato; "Feed" by Anna Patton; Rose Friedman and Justin Lander of Modern Times Theater performing "Pickle and Gas Pump"; Jason Hicks and Lily Paulina of Semi Upright Theater Company performing "A Page from Woody Guthrie's Notebook" and "Three Pages of Therapy for Our Current Situation"; "Tosca" by Better Than Never Theater Company’s Sam Wilson and Joe Therrien; Ballard Institute Director John Bell of Great Small Works performing "Ode to Common Things"; "Neighbors" by Meredith Holch; "Daniel’s Story" by UConn Puppet Arts Program MFA student Shane McNeal; and "Secret Shortcut" and "Police Log" by Clare Dolan and Erica Heilman. These performances are geared for adult audiences.

Family-friendly shows will be presented on Saturday, April 15 starting at 2 p.m. and will feature Dave Buchen performing "The True Story of Vlad the Structuralist"; "Stupendous Superlatives" by Gregory Corbino; Felice Amato performing "Underground"; "Banana Split for My Baby" by Rose Friedman and Justin Lander of Modern Times Theater; Great Small Works' "Ode to Common Things"; "Pickled Paula" by Meredith Holch; "Secret Shortcut" by Clare Dolan and Erica Heilman; and the premiere of a new work by Semi-Upright Theater Company (Jason Hicks and Lily Paulina).

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