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The Peale Center

225 Holliday St.
Baltimore, MD

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

Submersive Productions

March 30 - May 14, 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
May 4, 5, 6 - 8:00pm
May 7 - 7:00pm
May 12 - 8:00pm
May 14 - 7:00pm

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)

Next Stage

Babylon *

Sandglass Theater

April 28 - 29, 2017
7:30 PM
$16 - $18

On Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th Sandglass Theater will present the first full work-in-progress showing of Babylon at Next Stage Arts Project at 7:30pm, with an additional fundraising event for the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program on Friday after the show. Babylon is a piece about refugees: their journeys, traumas, and challenges to resettlement. Performed by puppets and actors with moving panoramas, known as crankies and with choral singing. Sandglass has been developing this piece for nearly two years, and will begin touring in Autumn of 2017.

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

Oregon Symphony, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway
Portland, OR

Persephone *

Oregon Symphony, Michael Curry - designer and staging director

May 13 - 15, 2017

He’s worked with The Walt Disney Company, Cirque du Soleil, and the Olympics, and now Michael Curry brings his exhilarating stage magic to our performance of Stravinsky’s most tender work and the mythic story of the origin of the seasons.

Carlos Kalmar, conductor
• Michael Curry, designer and staging director
• Paul Groves, tenor
• Pauline Cheviller, Persephone (narrator)
• Anna Marra, Persephone (dancer)
• Portland State University Chamber Choir
• Members of Pacific Youth Choir

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, “Little Russian”
• Stravinsky: Persephone

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

Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring St. NW
Atlanta, GA

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

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 and Museum of Puppetry

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT
Jack and Jill logo

Jack and Jill

Mark Blashford

April 29 - May 7, 2017
April 29: 11 am, 2 pm
April 30: 2 pm
May 6: 11 am, 2 pm
May 7: 11 am, 2 pm

Indoor performances will take place in the Ballard Institute Theater, located at 1 Royce Circle, Storrs Center, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29 and Saturday, May 6.

Outdoor performances in the Betsy Paterson Square in downtown Storrs will occur at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, Sunday, April 30, Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7. Seating is not provided for outdoor shows, so patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets.
Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary. Seating will be available on first-come, first-served basis.

Jack & Jill is a one-man puppet show featuring hand-carved, folk-toy-inspired puppets and live music. The show addresses water conservation and water rights in the tradition of the Appalachian Jack Tale. A young coal miner and his companion go “up a hill to fetch a pail of water” just like they do in the nursery rhyme, but this time there is one BIG problem. They have to take on a selfish giant and save a whole neighborhood! Travel by train with Jack and Jill to meet a colorful cast of characters in a world created solely from wood, steel and leather. Everyone is welcome to a big ol’, heapin’ helpin’ of this good-natured, heartland American story of teaming up and looking out for the little guy. This production was funded in part by the Mark’s Family Endowment Award.

Mark Blashford is an actor, puppeteer, and musician from Pennsylvania. Jack & Jill is Blashford’s culminating project for his Masters of Fine Art from UConn’s Puppet Arts Program. His recent stage credits include: Band of the Black Hand, Twelfth Night, and Peter and the Starcatcher at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Blashford has worked on several UConn Puppet Arts productions including Ancestral, Treeples, El Beto, and Puppets Take the Pops! with the Boston Pops in May 2016. Mark has also performed at Hartford’s March of Dimes, Envisionfest, and Anne Cubberly’s Night Fall.

Indoor performances will take place in the Ballard Institute Theater, located at 1 Royce Circle, Storrs Center, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29 and Saturday, May 6.

Outdoor performances in the Betsy Paterson Square in downtown Storrs will occur at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, Sunday, April 30, Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7. Seating is not provided for outdoor shows, so patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets.

Simpich Showcase Marionette Theatre

2413 W Colorado Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO

The Firebird

David Simpich

May 2 - July 7, 2017
Thursdays & Fridays: 7PM
Tuesdays & Saturdays: 2:30PM
No Shows 5/19, 5/26, 5/27 & 7/4

Nothing is as it appears to be for young Prince Ivan as he ventures forth on a quest to capture the illusive and deadly Firebird. He is aided in his harrowing journey by a flying wolf, a hospitable owl and innkeeper mouse; riddles and tests are inexplicably solved; and an adventure unfolds that carries the wayward hero to the farthest reaches of fairy tale Russia.

Powderhorn Park

Minneapolis, MN

The 43rd Annual May Day Parade and Festival: Imagine, Heal, Resist

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre

May 7, 2017
11:00am: Assemble
MayDay Parade participants assemble by section east of Bloomington Ave on 25th St., between Bloomington and Cedar Ave. in South Minneapolis.

12:00pm: Parade Begins
At the corner of 25th St. E. and Bloomington Ave. S., and travels south on Bloomington to 34th St. E., where the parade turns west towards Powderhorn Park.

3:00pm: Ceremony & Festival
The MayDay Tree of Life Ceremony begins at 3pm in Powderhorn Park. The Festival is open throughout the day.

At this time of great upheaval, we come together to IMAGINE a just and joyous future for all; HEAL personal, cultural and historical wounds; and stand as a circle in RESISTance to false myths of separateness that perpetuate violence and inequality. We look to inner, outer, and ancestral light for guidance, brilliant rainbows of visions and energies. Oh beauteous neighbors! Thank you for weaving our community together with such GREAT LIGHT!

Parade Outline:
SECTION 1 Imagine, Heal, Resist: Bending the Arc
Look into the imagination of a child. See the light in the in their mind, the pureness of their connection with life, and the complexities of their simple actions.

SECTION 2 Amethyst Souls: Luxuriate in Healing
Pay homage to our queer, gender fluid and trans elders and ancestors of color, through antiquity and their radical spirits and influence.

SECTION 3 Mni Wiconi — Can Wiconi (Water of Life — Tree of Life)
Reflect on the sacredness of water, and the role Native women play as the original water protectors, responsible for caring for the precious blue gold.

SECTION 4 Sanctuaries Adjust the Law: Sanctuary for All
Imagine cities that recognize deportation as the wrong punishment for illegal immigration, which is a breach of civil, not criminal, law.

SECTION 5 The Work Ahead
Enact change through the long, slow work of making sustainable changes that lead to a more equitable world.

Center for Puppetry Arts

1401 Spring St NW
Atlanta, GA

XPT - Xperimental Puppetry Theater

Various Artists

May 11 - 14, 2017
Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 8:00pm
Sunday - 5:00pm

What happens when artists of all disciplines join forces to create bold, original puppetry works for adult audiences? XPT! Guaranteed to inspire, surprise, amuse, and provoke.

Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT
Scene from The Legend of the Banana Kid by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers

The Legend of the Banana Kid

Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers

May 13, 2017
11am and 2pm
Adults: $12; Members/Seniors $10; Students: $8; Kids: $6 (12 years and under)

Little Chucky heads to the Wild West to outwit outlaws in this cowboy adventure! With a fistful of bananas, Chucky rides into town on his trusty goat for a showdown with Big Bad Bart and his gang of bandits. "The Legend of the Banana Kid" features 20 hand-crafted glove, mouth and rod puppets, and a slew of flying and twirling styrofoam bananas. The performance runs approximately 45 minutes in length and is recommended for children ages 4 and up.

Center for Puppetry Arts

Cinderella Della Circus

Center for Puppetry Arts, Adapted by Jon Ludwig

June 20 - July 23, 2017
see website for details

With high-flying thrills, Cinderella Della Circus brings puppetry and the circus together with fairytale magic.

Puppetry Themes: Folk/fairy tales, children’s literature, shared global culture, friendship

Puppetry Styles: Marionette, Rod, Shadow

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