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The Peale Center

225 Holliday St.
Baltmore, MD
submersiveproductions.com

Glenn Ricci

H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum Presents: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Aquisitions from the Perisphere (Fall 2017 Edition) *

Submersive Productions

November 16 - December 17, 2017
Thursdays and Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 7PM. Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time.
$20-$55

In this remount of the hit 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.

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

Thistle Theatre Studio at Magnuson Park

6310 NE 74th St.
Seattle, WA
www.thistletheatre.org
206-524-3388
Tom Thumb and Hunca Mucha, the two bad mice.

Thistle Theatre

The Tale of Two Bad Mice *

Thistle Theatre

December 2 - 3, 2017
1:00PM and 3:00PM
$10

Young Beatrix Potter and her brother Bertram re-enacts the day her pet mice came to be called “the two bad mice.” The mice, Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca, are driven to outrageous behavior when they discover the delicious looking food in the Dollhouse is inedible plaster! Actors, puppets and a giant dollhouse bring this Beatrix Potter story to life.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant (2009)

Sunset Hill Community Club

3003 NW 66th St.
Seattle, WA
www.thistletheatre.org
206-524-3388
Tom Thumb and Hunca Mucha, the two bad mice.

Thistle Theatre

The Tale of Two Bad Mice *

Thistle Theatre

December 9 - 10, 2017
1:00PM and 3:00PM
$10

Young Beatrix Potter and her brother Bertram re-enacts the day her pet mice came to be called “the two bad mice.” The mice, Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca, are driven to outrageous behavior when they discover the delicious looking food in the Dollhouse is inedible plaster! Actors, puppets and a giant dollhouse bring this Beatrix Potter story to life.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant (2009)

Baltimore Theatre Project

45 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD
sinkingshipproductions.com/a-hunger-artist
410-752-8558

A Hunger Artist *

Sinking Ship Productions

December 14 - 17, 2017
December 14 @ 8pm
December 15 @ 8pm
December 16 @ 2pm
December 16 @ 8pm
December 17 @ 3pm
$25

“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)

BYT-Crossroads Theatre

16051 NE 10th Street
Bellevue, WA
www.thistletheatre.org
206-524-3388
Tom Thumb and Hunca Mucha, the two bad mice.

Thistle Theatre

The Tale of Two Bad Mice *

Thistle Theatre

December 22, 2017
2:00PM and 4:00PM
$10

Young Beatrix Potter and her brother Bertram re-enacts the day her pet mice came to be called “the two bad mice.” The mice, Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca, are driven to outrageous behavior when they discover the delicious looking food in the Dollhouse is inedible plaster! Actors, puppets and a giant dollhouse bring this Beatrix Potter story to life.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant (2009)

Flynn Center

Babylon *

Sandglass Theater

January 12 - 13, 2018
8:00pm
$35

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)

Center for Puppetry Arts

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

Photo: Clay Walker

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer®

Based on the classic television special, Adapted by Jon Ludwig; directed by Tim Sweeney

November 7 - December 31, 2017
see website for dates and times
$11.25-$19.50

Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday film that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster) take the stage. You won’t want to miss it!“I can assure you that after one visit, seeing Rudolph at the Center for Puppetry Arts will become an annual tradition for you and the kids.” -AJC.com

Reduced-Price Previews Nov 7 & 8
No shows Nov 23 and Dec 25
Your all-inclusive Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ ticket includes the live performance, Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ and admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum.

Great Arizona Puppet Theater

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

The Little Red Hen

Great Arizona Puppet Theater

November 22 - December 3, 2017
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.

Who will help the Little Red Hen with all the work it takes to get wheat made into bread? This sing-along show invites lots of audience participation and shares a valuable message about helping each other.

Sandglass Theater

Autumn Portraits

Sandglass Theater

November 24 - 25, 2017
7:30pm
$18, general admission and $16 for students and seniors.

Autumn Portraits is a compelling evening-long solo puppet-and-mask performance, a series of five interlocking vignettes, each exploring 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 who act out their stories in precise and evocative gestures as they meet their pasts, their selves, their deaths. Autumn Portraits is conceived and Performed by Eric Bass and Directed by Richard Edelman.

In September Autumn Portraits travels to Croatia and in November it will be performed in Taiwan. Then on Friday and Saturday November 24th and 25th Eric will perform this signature work one last time at Sandglass Theater in Putney, Vermont.

Puppet Showplace Theater

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

The Perils of Mr. Punch

Modern Times Theater

November 24 - 26, 2017
Friday - 10:30am & 1:00pm
Saturday & Sunday - 1:00pm & 3:00pm
$12

Enjoy a taste of "Holiday Punch" with the world's most well-aged puppet trickster! In this ever-evolving saga by Modern Times Theater, Mr. Punch needs to work off his oversize Thanksgiving meal. His exercises include dancing with his wife Judy, subduing a crocodile, training his dog Toby (who looks suspiciously like a skunk), and more! Live music (played on everything from the ukulele to the bicycle pump) accompanies the hilarious journey. Modern Times Theater's extraordinary husband and wife duo bring this classic character to life with contemporary vaudeville flair and a modern family-friendly sensibility.

Ballard Institute Theatre

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT
http://bimp.uconn.edu
860-486-8580
Puppet scholar and rod-puppet master Matthew Cohen.

Puppet Riches: The Angst Collection at Yale University

Matthew Cohen

November 30, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Free; donations greatly appreciated

As part of the 2017 Fall Puppet Forum Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present a discussion with puppet scholar and historian Matthew Cohen entitled Puppet Riches: The Angst Collection at Yale University on November 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ballard Institute Theater, located at 1 Royce Circle in Storrs Center.

Dr. Cohen, equally acclaimed as a puppet scholar and rod-puppet master, will discuss the rich and exciting details of the new Dr. Walter Angst and Sir Henry Angest collection of over 20,000 Javanese rod puppets and shadow figures at the Yale University Art Gallery—the world's largest collection of Indonesian puppets.

Puppet Showplace Theater

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

Beatrix Potter Tales

Applause Unlimited

November 30 - December 3, 2017
Thursday & Friday - 10:30am
Saturday & Sunday - 1:00pm & 3:00pm
$12

Explore the fantasy world of one of Victorian England's best-known authors! Set in an old-fashioned nursery, this performance includes three favorite Beatrix Potter stories as seen through the eyes of a young English girl growing up at the beginning of the twentieth century. As she learns and plays, the tales of "Two Bad Mice", "Jeremy Fisher", and "Jemima Puddleduck" seem to grow from her imagination. Large-scale puppets, masterful storytelling, and transforming scenery make this a must-see production!

Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral

415 W 13th St.
Kansas City, MO
mesnerpuppets.org
816-235-6222
Mesner Puppet Theater's

Vernon Leat

The Nativity

Mesner Puppet Theater

December 1 - 3, 2017
10am & 7pm December 1
2pm & 5pm December 2
3pm December 3
$17 Adults, $12 Children.

This celebrated annual spectacle comes alive again this December. See beautiful seven-foot-tall puppets gracefully move through the aisles of the historic Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral with live musical and choral accompaniment. A cast of over forty performers bring these larger-than-life Biblical characters to life.

Secret Rose Theatre

11246 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA
brownpapertickets.com/event/3116225
Holiday Spectacular Flier

Toiley T. Paper's Holiday Spectacular

Grant Baciocco & John B. deHaas

December 1 - 2, 2017
12/1/2017 - 8PM
12/2/2017 - 8PM
$16 Advance/$20 Door/$10 in advance for Puppeteers

Join international celebrity Toiley T. Paper (America's Got Talent, Orange is the New Black) as he kicks the holiday season into high gear with Toiley T. Paper's Holiday Spectacular at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood.

Special Guests:
12/1 - Rich Sommer (Mad Men, Netflix's GLOW & Wet Hot American Summer)
12/2 - Moon Zappa (Author, actress, Valley Girl)

Toiley T. Paper is the creation of puppeteer Grant Baciocco (Mystery Science Theater 3000, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later & The Jim Henson Company) and musician John B. deHaas (Psycho Mode, Just This Once: A Song Cycle & Theme Park Diva: The Musical). Their first show, Toiley T. Paper: Roll Model played sold out crowds at the 2016 Orlando Fringe and Hollywood Fringe Festivals.

This show is intended for more mature audiences. Ages 16+

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT
bimp.ticketleap.com
860-486-8580
Jim Napolitano of Nappy’s Puppets in Santa Got Fired and Other Silly Stories

Santa Got Fired and Other Silly Stories

Nappy’s Puppets

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

You will delight in the wonder of Nappy’s Puppet’s holiday show, Santa Got Fired and Other Silly Stories as Jim “Nappy” Napolitano tells the tale of how Santa got his job, as well as other fun and silly shadow puppet stories. This show is designed to entertain, inspire and educate the audience on the range and scope of puppetry as an art form. This show is 45 minutes long and is recommended for ages 3 and up.

Mesner Puppet Theater

1006 E. Linwood Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
www.mesnerpuppets.org
816-235-6222

The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats

Mesner Puppet Theater

December 5 - 23, 2017
Weekdays - 10 am
Saturdays 11 am & 2 pm
Sundays 2 pm
$17 adults/$13 children under 12

Experience the joys of playing in a fresh snowfall, learning to whistle and discovering a fantastic treasure through the eyes of Peter, the little boy in the red snowsuit from Ezra Jack Keats’ beloved Caldecott winning books. Follow Peter, his dog Willie, and his friends as they navigate childhood in the big city. Four of Keat’s best-selling books are visually brought to life through innovative puppetry and captivating storytelling that captures the joy of a child’s life.
Adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston
Based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats
Produced by special arrangement with Plays For Young Audiences

Great Arizona Puppet Theater

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

The Night Before Christmas

Great Arizona Puppet Theater

December 6 - 24, 2017
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.

A joyful celebration of Christmas with stories, music, and an amazing array of puppets. Great for all ages.

Ballard Institute Theater

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

Mascots!: Sport Spectacle in the 21st Century

AJ Mass and David Raymond

December 7, 2017
7 p.m.
Free (donations greatly appreciated!)

As part of its Fall Puppet Forum Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present Mascots!: Sports Spectacle in the 21st Century, with nationally recognized mascot performer AJ Mass and mascot performer/builder David Raymond, on Dec. 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Ballard Institute Theater, located at 1 Royce Circle in Storrs Center. This event coincides with the Ballard Institute's exhibition, Mascots! Mask Performance in the 21st Century, which is on display in the Ballard Museum now through February 11, 2018.

Mascot spectacle reaches millions of Americans on a daily basis in sporting events throughout the country. How and why do sports mascots inspire and enthrall modern audiences? Join mascot builders and performers David Raymond and AJ Mass as they explain the magic of mascot performance.

Puppet Showplace Theater

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

Puppet Playtime: Holiday Sing-Along

Phil Berman & Brenda Huggins

December 20, 2017
10:30am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm
$12

Join us for our annual holiday sing-a-long featuring Bella Monster, jingle-bells, and lots of snowy fun! Puppet Playtime is a fun, interactive performance experience designed for very young children. In each hour-long session, two friendly performers guide children (and their grown-ups) through sing-a-longs, stories, and imagination games. In addition to your favorite holiday tunes, enjoy FREE snacks and refreshments after the show!

Center for Puppetry Arts

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

Photo: Richard Parsons

The Adventures of Gingerbread Man

All Hands Productions of Atlanta, GA

January 2 - 7, 2018
See website for dates and times
19.50

Classic stories such as Hansel and Gretel, Androcles and the Lion, The Frog Prince and The Three Wishes are woven together for a must-see retelling of folktale favorites.

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
2/27/18 - Fayetteville, AR - Walton Arts 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
3/28/18 - Allentown, PA - Allentown Symphony Hall
3/29/18 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
4/3/18 - Springfield, IL - Sangamon Auditorium
4/13/18 - Clemson, SC - Clemson University
4/14/18 - Maryville, TN - Clayton Center for the Arts
4/21/18 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theater
4/22/18 - Naples, FL - Frances Pew Hayes Hall
4/26/18 - Sarasota, FL - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
7/4/18 - Manassas, VA - Hylton Performing Arts Center Merchant Hall
8/4/18 - University Park, PA - Center for the Performing Arts

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.