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Fall 2017 is Full of Puppet Theater in NYC!
Check out our calendar of recommended shows here.

HERE

145 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY
here.org/shows/detail/1940/

Photo: Richard Termine

Flatiron Hex *

James Godwin

September 7 - 30, 2017
Tuesday-Saturday - 7:00pm
Fridays - 10:30pm
$25

The Flatiron Hex is a solo puppet performance that tells the ?story of Wylie Walker, a contract shaman who works for NYORG, a city in the middle of a swamp. Wylie uses his unusual talents to solve? problems and do routine maintenance on the city’s interweb biotechnology.? Due to the haunted land and sentient mainframes, Wylie ?faces many occult adversaries. Storms constantly threaten to destroy ?NYORG, but a secret feature of the Flatiron building keeps the storms? at bay, that is as long as the cloud-code is cracked and the correct?ritual procedure is followed.

Inspired by speculative fiction and neo-noir, The Flatiron Hex ?is a peek inside a parallel world infected with intelligent viruses and ?paranoia. Elements of the fantastic collide with the everyday to?become evocative of a magical reality. It’s also a quest, a blood?soaked comedy of redemption and sacrifice.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2015) and Workshop Grant (2014)

Dixon Place

Puppet Blok * - You're the Puppet ~PLUS~ (BEAT) ~PLUS~ An Easy Guide to Time Management

Post Election Therapy ~PLUS~ Jeongyun Lee ~PLUS~ Sarah Colyn Scholl

October 3, 2017
7:30pm
$15 in advance, $18 at the door, $12 Students/Seniors/idNYC

ABOUT YOU’RE THE PUPPET!
You’re the Puppet! is the next installment in a series from Post Election Therapy. What started as a multi-disciplinary, improvisational reaction from artists, dancers, musicians, and poets to the 2016 election campaigns, continues along with the shocking events that compel us towards artistic action.

ABOUT (BEAT)
beat): A theatrical pause between line and line in the script. Two different bodies on stage, a new type of physical language. Three different genres: Contemporary Dance, Korean traditional music, and Puppetry. Under three frames (distance, relationship, and estrangement), I would like to give the audience an opportunity to experience physical and emotional distance through disparate methods of movement.

ABOUT AN EASY GUIDE TO TIME MANAGEMENT

An Easy Guide to Time Management is a nonlinear symbolistic show, playfully peeking into anti-human forms of time to conclusively confirm, without a shadow of a doubt, that a Fountain Pen can indeed run a federal bureau. Studies from Aspirations, Jellyfish, and Gorgons, informed by geological and crypto-logical history, form the first look into the collection of management material within time.

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

Dixon Place

Puppet Blok * SHEEP #1 ~PLUS~ IT’S THE JONBENÉT RAMSEY SHOW! ~PLUS~ A SONG TO SAIL ON

Nekaa Lab / Sachiyo Takahashi ~PLUS~ Clara Elser ~PLUS~ Drama of Works

October 4, 2017
7:30pm
$15 in advance, $18 at the door, $12 Students/Seniors/idNYC

ABOUT SHEEP #1 - Sachiyo Takahashi
Inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s writings, sheep #1 is the adventure of a sheep in search of the meaning of life. The performance is in the style of Microscopic Live Cinema-Theatre, where the performer manipulates small characters who are magnified with a video camera and projector. This creates an intimate dream-like experience by combining cinematic presentation and live operation. An abstract storytelling, sheep #1 is told without spoken words, accompanied by Electroacoustic music and a live musician.

ABOUT IT'S THE JONBENÉT RAMSEY SHOW! - Clara Elser
JonBenét Ramsey’s got something to say, and now she’s got her own talk show! With the help of her trusty sidekick, Mr. Bear, she sets out to cover the hot topics of the day, from politics to pop culture and everything in between. Giving voice to a silent star, the piece provides an examination of America’s endless fascination with cute little blonde girls.

ABOUT A SONG TO SAIL ON - Drama of Works
When the life of a prominent Armenian composer is threatened by the impending Ottoman forces, Grikor Suni is forced to choose between finding the family he has built or certain death. Although his acclaim gives him certain stature, all is washed away as bloodshed tears through the peasantry and the elite. Inspired by the real life of Grikor Suni and the plight of all persecuted peoples then and now, this piece departs from the biographical realities of one man’s life to explore the possible outcomes of a life torn apart by war and the choices one must make at a moment’s notice.

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

HERE

145 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY
here.org/shows/detail/1948/

Photo: Sandra Gunderson

Point Pleasant *

The Unitards

October 5 - 21, 2017
Tue-Sat @ 7pm (except 10/12)
Saturdays & Sundays @ 2pm
$25

On November 15, 1966, two young couples from Point Pleasant, West Virginia encountered; what they described as a large winged man with glowing red eyes. This would be the first of many sightings of the creature that would be dubbed the “Mothman” by local papers, and ushered in a year of terror for the small town. A year that would not only be marked by several sightings of the creature, but a rash of other strange occurrences of aerial phenomena, strange noises, prophetic visions, bizarre phone calls, disappearances, and the convergence of shadowy figures in black suits and hats on the community.

Based on the actual eyewitness accounts, The Unitards weave a tale of fear, confusion, paranoia and sadness along with dark humor. A sensory experience of music, light, sound and puppetry. A theater experience much like the story itself; strange, disorienting and beautiful. Audiences are thrust into a black and white world, in a time long past, in a town you've never heard of where something extraordinary happened.

“A show that oozed of creative and experimental unfolding...An experience worthy of David Lynch cinema.” -Maria P. Heger, Lofot-Tidende

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2017) and Workshop Grant (2014)

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater

79th St. and West Drive, Central Park
New York, NY
cityparksfoundation.org/calendar/category/swedish-cottage/

Pelleas et Melisande *

Luca Veggetti

October 5 - 8, 2017
7:00pm
$15 Advance / $20 Doors / $35 Picnic & Performance

A theatrical puppet experience that tells the story of doomed love based on Maurice Maeterlinck’s play. Set to a composition by Arnold Schoenberg, the audience is taken on a journey of love and its consequences told through puppetry.

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

Dixon Place

Puppet Blok * - All the Diamonds You Can Eat ~PLUS~ Manumit ~PLUS~ Packrat ~PLUS~ Beasties

Anthony “Rev.” Wills Jr, III ~PLUS~ Jessica Hart and Company ~PLUS~ Concrete Temple ~PLUS~ Andrew Lynch & Katie Melby of 3 Sticks

October 9, 2017
7:30pm
$15 in advance, $18 at the door, $12 Students/Seniors/idNYC

ABOUT ALL THE DIAMONDS YOU CAN EAT
Like Ike and Tina, Bobby and Whitney, OJ and Nicole, All the Diamonds You Can Eat (ATDYCE) is a love story that never should have been but you still can’t look away. A story about a man, his music, his addictions and those California hills. A biography (who’s is uncertain) based on the music of Nathan Payne with original puppets designed and built by Anthony Rev. Wills, III.

ABOUT MANUMIT
She tried to hold it in. She tried to keep it from everyone else. But holding too tightly to the past, allows it all to come flying out. Manumit, is a work dedicated to the losses which can no longer be contained and what happens when we finally decide to be free.

ABOUT PACKRAT
PACKRAT is an immersive puppet theatre presentation incorporating an assortment of puppetry styles and animals that inhabit the Sagebrush Desert.

ABOUT BEASTIES
3 Sticks’ newest creation, Beasties, is a music theatre piece featuring puppets. Germinated during a weeklong residency at the Freight Project, Beasties began as a single song inspired by the visual art of Julian Crouch, a fellow artist in residence. While visiting Julian in his work space, a gazebo with a panoramic view of the Adirondacks, Andrew Lynch imagined a world and a story suggested by the paintings where a young boy in a carnivorous society that devours all the animals in the surrounding forest, in desperation turns to cannibalism.

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

Dixon Place

Puppet Blok * - Jack Dogherty and the Soul Cages ~PLUS~ Squids, A Turtle, A Sea Lioness ~PLUS~ Regret + Time Travel

Inkfish, ~PLUS~ John Pizza ~PLUS~ Charlotte Moroz & Leigh Walter

October 11, 2017
7:30pm
$15 in advance, $18 at the door, $12 Students/Seniors/idNYC

ABOUT JACK DOGHERTY AND THE SOUL CAGES
Jack Dogherty, a fisherman and part time scavenger, longs to meet a merrow (merman). When he finally does, the two swap tales of their abilities to drink and scavenge fine liquors from shipwrecks. The merrow invites Jack to his home for a taste of the many beverages he has collected over the years. While visiting beneath the waves, Jack discovers a collection of cages containing the souls of sailors lost at sea. Unbeknownst to the merrow, Jack is horrified and vows to free the trapped souls.

ABOUT SQUIDS, A TURTLE, A SEA LIONESS
My grandmother was the senior sea lion trainer at Alabama’s Sea Country aquatic park in 1971. Now she is 93 living in Burlington, North Carolina and receiving regular steroid shots in both hips. She still swims regularly in the retirement center’s pool. This sweet and succinct exploration of the loss of strength explores what it means to swim through all stages of life. Everyday objects – a mop, a bowl, a bean bag chair – come to life to bark, laugh, and paddle… a memento mori for the aging body and the young body alike.

ABOUT REGRET + TIME TRAVEL
After some extensive(ly non-scientific) research, we have planned a revolutionary expedition into the future. Data from at least 10 interviews with strangers, combined with ideas mashed together in science-like ways, has only revealed more questions on the purpose and feasibility of musical time travel, patent-pending. And we may be combining this with a rescue mission for a certain lost colleague. In short, we take off into the future, bringing our audience, melodies and memories in tow. We’re serious, people: pack light.

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

La MaMa, The Downstairs

66 E 4th Street
New York, NY
lamama.org/alaxsxa/

ALAXSXA | ALASKA *

Directed by Ping Chong & Ryan Conarro

October 12 - 29, 2017
October 12-14 - 7:00pm
October 15 - 2:00pm
October 16 - 7:00pm
October 18-21 - 7:00pm
October 22 - 2:00pm
October 25 - 7:00pm
October 27 - 7:00pm
October 28 - 2:00pm & 7:00pm
October 29 - 2:00pm
$20-$25

ALAXSXA | ALASKA is a theatrical collage of multimedia, puppetry, and Central Yup’ik drum and dance, illuminating striking moments of cross-cultural encounter in the epic, changing landscapes of Alaska.

Directed by Ping Chong and Ryan Conarro, ALAXSXA | ALASKA features Conarro and Gary Upay’aq Beaver (Central Yup’ik), along with puppeteer Justin Perkins. The three performers use movement and puppetry to reveal a series of little-known historical narratives of collisions between people and cultures in Alaska. These histories--at times humorous, at times tragic--juxtapose against Beaver and Conarro’s own personal memories as "insider" and "outsider" in the Last Frontier.

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

Dixon Place

Puppet Blok * - Performanance of a Feminine Object ~PLUS~ The Last Rat of Theresienstadt ~PLUS~ #NSA ~PLUS~ Treat as Urgent and Get Back to Me

Gabrielle Revlock ~PLUS~ Hilary Chaplain ~PLUS~ Parker Allen Stanley ~PLUS~ Ayun Halliday

October 12, 2017
7:30pm
$15 in advance, $18 at the door, $12 Students/Seniors/idNYC

ABOUT PERFORMANCE OF A FEMININE OBJECT - Gabrielle Revlock
In Performance of a Feminine Object a hoop animates a female performer making reference to the historic and cultural disciplining of the female body. In the work there is a tension between poise and chaos, sincerity and vulnerability, and beauty and awkwardness.

ABOUT THE LAST RAT OF THERESIENSTADT - Hilary Chaplain
A former Weimar Girl, sent to Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (a unique camp in the history of the Holocaust for its population of artists) and a rat prove through their friendship and new understanding of each other, that the creative urge cannot be destroyed by the grotesqueries of hatred, but is the inviolable desire ‘to be.’ When all the other rats leave in search of food, Pavel stays on, spellbound by the performances. He scrounges for food in the kitchen where he encounters the cook, Sofia.

ABOUT #NSA - Parker Allen Stanley
Pinocchio, a dreamer made of wood, finds comfort in secretly hooking up with the only person who doesn’t make him feel different. Allen, the flamboyant boyfriend, assists in the quest for answers after learning about the want to transition from puppet to boy. Sgeppetto, the authority and creator, attempts to craft a ‘real’ boy. Imaginary insecurities of being queer begin to bleed because of his perfectionist father, until the ability to live an authentic life comes into play as BLUE fairy emerges with the ability to grant wishes. Watch an honest relationship struggle with Pinocchio’s newfound ability to lie.

ABOUT TREAT AS URGENT AND GET BACK TO ME - Ayun Halliday
Treat as Urgent and Get Back to Me takes its text directly from spam emails of the sort that prey on the credulous and compassionate. No penises will be enlarged, but a breed of mutant puppets will be metastasized from ordinary materials live onstage, to a litany of carcinogenic woe.

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

Dixon Place

Puppet Blok * - The Hero of Alexandria ~PLUS~A Lesson in Being Smothered by a Dragon ~PLUS~ A Gothic Opera ~PLUS~ How a River Carries You

Thomas Del Valle ~PLUS~ Charlotte Durkee & Lilith Bachelder ~PLUS~ Fairy Tale Marionettes ~PLUS~ Hyung Seok Jeon

October 16, 2017
7:30pm
$15 in advance, $18 at the door, $12 Students/Seniors/idNYC

ABOUT THE HERO OF ALEXANDRIA
A young inventor is resting before the next step of his journey when three Gods cross his path. Taking interest, they hurtle into his dreams. They plant images of great innovators and their influence, how simple it all was to attain with just a little help from them. But they are not here to teach or inspire. Wealth and power are what they sell and the price is always low, for you.

ABOUT A LESSON IN BEING SMOTHERED BY A DRAGON

Addie is not happy. Addie works at a home movie theater in the city. Addie has a foreboding feeling that a dragon is coming to smother them. Indeed, there is a dragon coming to smother Addie and there is nothing to be done. “A Lesson In Being Smothered By A Dragon“ is a short play about our sometimes keen ability to allow ourselves to be smothered by our own personal dragons.

ABOUT A GOTHIC OPERA
A Gothic Opera is a true tale of love, lust, trust, and deceit, set in the seedy underbelly of the 90s club scene in the Lower East Side, as told by marionettes set to an original goth rock score. The soundtrack is influenced by The Smiths, Soft Cell, Depeche Mode, The Cure, and other popular new wave, synth pop, and goth rock groups from the 80s and 90s.

ABOUT HOW A RIVER CARRIES YOU
With the text written by Sifiso Mabena, this poetic piece explores a sense of arrival and departure though minimalist puppetry. A canvas stands on an easel. A whale visits the canvas. The whale floats like a house. This abstract place around an easel will knock on the door of your pre-verbal brain.

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

BAM Fisher

321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY
bam.org/theater/2017/mementos-mori

Mementos Mori *

Manual Cinema

October 18 - 21, 2017
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 7:30pm
Saturday - 7:30pm & 10:00pm
Tickets starting at $25

Hands dance across seven vintage overhead projectors, moving tiny paper birds through a cellophane sky. Combining analog craftsmanship and digital dexterity, the Chicago-based performance collective Manual Cinema engineers a live movie before the audience’s eyes in Mementos Mori, a meditation on death and ephemerality. Integrating actors, props, two cameras, three screens, a live score for chamber ensemble and electronics, and hundreds of paper shadow puppets, this miracle of joyful cine-nostalgia follows Death as she washes up on the California shore, trades her scythe for an iPhone app, and wanders Hollywood, swiping loss and unexpected connection into the otherwise disparate lives of a ghost, a seven-year-old girl, and an elderly projectionist.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2015) and Presenters Grant (2017)

Dixon Place

Puppet Blok * NO 1 CHINESE ** ~PLUS~ AS FAST OR FASTER ~PLUS~ THE HEALING SHIPMENT PROLOGUE ~PLUS~ EARTHRISE

Rowan Magee ~PLUS~ Catherine M. Chin ~PLUS~ Maria Camia ~PLUS~ Electric Eye Ensemble

October 18, 2017
7:30pm
$15 in advance, $18 at the door, $12 Students/Seniors/idNYC

ABOUT NO 1 CHINESE - Rowan Magee
Musician Patrick Breiner, Director Rowan Magee, and puppeteers Emmanuel Elpenord and Takemi Kitamura have been developing No 1 Chinese since 2015. There are more Chinese fast-food restaurants in America than Burger Kings, McDonalds and Wendy’s combined. Many undocumented men and women pay off high interest debts by working for years in Chinese restaurants around the country, earning a fraction of minimum wage. While we work on the stage, consider that someone with great ambition and resilience is cooking under fluorescents down the street. No 1 Chinese was the recipient of a 2016 Henson Workshop Grant.

ABOUT AS FAST OR FASTER - Catherine M. Chin
A crack in a wall is energy finding the fastest way out. Cracks and fractures wind, explore, and escape. They run into new places, struggle with outside forces, and turn the places they have left into new objects. Using both manual and digital means of live manipulation in tandem, the artists breathe life into shadows and fissures to tell the story of As Fast or Faster, a short visual poem about cracks in the material world and about the forces that become visible when the world is under stress.

ABOUT THE HEALING SHIPMENT PROLOGUE - Maria Camia
Greetings, Galactic Neighbor! Come on board the Aricamian spaceship in ritual, song, and hyper speed. Starring Marikata and her crew, healers of the future. Witness the illusion of time and the unrelenting drive to transmute low vibrations back into their glorified state of magnificence.

ABOUT EARTHRISE - Electric Eye Ensemble
On Christmas Eve 1968 the astronauts of Apollo 8 took a picture of the Earth and changed the world. The photo gave humanity a new perspective on our planet’s fragility and isolation in the universe. But now, 49 years later, the image of Earthrise is unimpressive. Using puppetry, movement and design elements, this piece seeks to reawaken the sense of wonderment and hope that the photo initially inspired.

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

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

Dixon Place

Puppet Blok * - The Marooned ~PLUS~ Not in the Cards ~PLUS~ OOO: Out of Office ~PLUS~ Place (No) Place

Josh Rice ~PLUS~ Chris Carcione ~PLUS~ Emma Wiseman & Emily Zemba ~PLUS~ Lisa Gonzales & Tom Lee

October 23, 2017
7:30pm
$15 in advance, $18 at the door, $12 Students/Seniors/idNYC

ABOUT THE MAROONED
The Marooned is an absurdist puppet theatre piece that takes place on the roof of a submerged house in the middle of a vast, empty seascape. Inspired by the writings of Samuel Beckett and the silent film clowns of the 1920’s, the piece explores depression and loneliness. Using bunraku-style puppetry, a table-top toy theatre set, and live-feed projection, The Marooned uses surreal and fantastical imagery to explore the enormity of emptiness.

ABOUT NOT IN THE CARDS
Using shadow puppetry and a deck of playing cards, Not in the Cards, tells the story of a detective who finds himself at the center of the most disarming case of his storied career. As he sifts through the crime scene and his case files to find clues, the finger of guilt seems to point in the most unlikely direction.

ABOUT OOO: OUT OF OFFICE
OOO: Out Of Office takes place in the corporate world. Two office workers face calamity through the lens of business emails and office supplies. Day-to-day language is exposed as poetry. Familiar context falls away. The bulk of the text in the piece is taken word-for-word from emails received by the performers.

ABOUT PLACE (NO) PLACE
A dance work with integrated video, set, and puppetry by dancer/choreographer Lisa Gonzales and designer Tom Lee, PLACE (No Place) investigates the relationship between place and being, and unfolds in a constructed, immersive, environment. The piece conjures place in a way that illuminates and eulogizes connection and loss within a constantly shifting ecosystem through movement, shadow, video projection, and objects. Gonzales and Lee draw upon their own experiences with memory and loss while fostering each audience member’s sense of connection to, or disconnection from, places present and lost. Developed through a residency at High Concept Labs in Chicago, IL.

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

Dixon Place

Puppet Blok * - Antrak ~PLUS~ Hero's House ~PLUS~ The Rest of it ~PLUS~ Flowers in Space

Shayna Strype ~PLUS~ Lake Simons & Matt Acheson ~PLUS~ Chris Green ~PLUS~ Patti Bradshaw

October 25, 2017
7:30pm
$15 in advance, $18 at the door, $12 Students/Seniors/idNYC

ABOUT ANTRAK
When internal navigation fails, a lost ant resorts to traveling cross-country by “Antrak” train. This Studs-Terkel-Wannabe journeys into the unknown buoyed by the grandeur of American landscapes, the fleeting intimacy of conversations with strangers, and a deep desire to understand what is going on beyond the colony. Shayna Strype constructs this story through manipulated cardboard objects, puppetry, live feed projection, and footage from interviews conducted with Amtrak passengers across the US.

ABOUT HERO'S HOUSE
Using fragile materials, our hero begins to construct and reconstruct shelter as she attempts to find security. Odds are against our hero, but don’t tell her that.

ABOUT THE REST OF IT
Experimental puppet choreography devised over the course of an afternoon with puppeteers Chris Green, Pepper Fajans, and Rowan Magee and captured in a video with original music by C. Green.

ABOUT FLOWERS IN SPACE
Sandwiched between two World Wars, Florine and her sisters, Carrie (dollhouse maker) and Ettie (writer), managed a privileged, artistic life defined by cultural salons for eccentric characters while the lives of many were filled with suffering. Focusing specifically on Florine, the shy and sophisticated personality who loved Nijinsky and Marcel Duchamp and worked with Gertrude Stein, her paintings serve as snapshots of their time couched in highly editorial artifice. This performance brings to life the contrast between these simultaneously existing worlds in a live dreamlike painting with truthful and metaphorical commentary by parrot and blooming flower puppets.

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

HERE

145 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY
here.org/shows/detail/1950/

Ontological Puppet: The Toy Becomes the Weapon *

Kalan Sherrard

October 26 - 28, 2017
Thu-Sat @ 7pm
Saturday @ 10:30pm
$15

A seething experimental landscape of bizarre possibility, this anarchist nihilist philosophy puppet show has toured Europe and the Americas, from Oslo to Buenos Aires, from gutters to galleries, morphing slowly like the singing of a whale. Death stalks the garden and unmasked beings belch forth inverted offspring as God devours the sun.

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

La MaMa, First Floor Theatre

74A E 4th Street, 1st Floor
New York, NY
lamama.org/lee_harvey_oswald/

The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald *

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre & Theatre KAPOW

November 2 - 19, 2017
Thursday-Saturday - 7:30pm
Sunday - 3:00pm
$15-$20

The Life And Times Of Lee Harvey Oswald revisits three 1963 national traumas: the assassinations of President Kennedy, his brother, and Rev. Martin Luther King. Exploring the shrouded, dense cobwebs of multiple conspiracy theories that attempt to justify these senseless acts. The main protagonists inexorably approach the Grassy Knoll guided by fate as a marionettes are powered by their strings.

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

BAM Fisher

321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY
bam.org/theater/2017/suddenly

Suddenly *

Directed by: Zvi Sahar, PuppetCinema

December 6 - 9, 2017
7:30pm
tickets starting at $25

Amid the sun-glinted spires of a forsaken Gotham, a storyteller gets the ultimate assignment. In this gritty puppet cinema epic adapted from Tel Aviv-based writer Etgar Keret’s darkly funny short story collection Suddenly, A Knock on the Door, Israeli director Zvi Sahar and PuppetCinema (Salt of the Earth, 2014 Next Wave) employ cameras, puppets, and object theater to immerse audiences in a dystopian world where competing narratives lend calm to the chaos. Mountains of rusted metals and ruins form the disenchanted landscape in which a writer must create, no matter the cost, ultimately finding freedom in the depths of his fiction.

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

HERE

145 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY
here.org/shows/detail/1934/

Symphonie Fantastique *

Basil Twist

March 29 - May 31, 2018
Tue - Sat @ 8:30pm
Saturdays & Sundays @ 4pm
$30-$100

Twenty years ago in 1998, Basil Twist debuted his boundary-breaking response to Berlioz’s 1830 "Symphonie Fantastique" to universal acclaim, inaugurating HERE's intimate Dorothy B. Williams Theatre. In the two decades since Symphonie Fantastique's premiere, Basil Twist has become an internationally recognized artist in opera, ballet, and on Broadway, and has won countless awards including the illustrious MacArthur Fellowship. Twist will revisit his legendary masterpiece as part of HERE’s 25th Anniversary Season. In this revival, accompanied live by a virtuosic pianist playing the exquisite Liszt transcription, Symphonie floats and swirls in a 1,000-gallon water tank neatly disguised as a puppet stage. For the many who never saw it, and for those who relish seeing it again and again, the return of this tour de force to HERE is the event of the season.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant (2017), Production Grant (1998) and Workshop Grant (1996)

HERE

145 Sixth Ave.
New York, NY
here.org/shows/detail/1939/
212.352.3101

The Joshua Show: Episode 2

Joshua Holden

September 9 - 30, 2017
Saturdays & Sundays - 2:00pm
$20

Life got you down? There’s a solution. After five years of touring around the world, award-winning puppeteer, Joshua Holden, brings you a brand new show made especially for anyone that feels disheartened by all the ugliness that’s in the world. The Joshua Show: Episode 2 features Mr. Nicholas the sock and a cast of hand crafted puppet. This September, turn your frown upside down, awaken your nostalgia, and get ready to spread some joy. Joshua will tap dance his way across the stage and into your heart in this new show where even if you show up a sulky sourpuss, you’re sure to leave an Ambassador of Joy.

2017 ANNY Best of Fest

180 Maiden Lane
New York, NY
annybestoffest.com
347-788-0243
2017 ANNY Best of Fest

2017 ANNY Best of Fest

Animation Nights New York

September 29 - 30, 2017
Friday, September 29, 12pm - 10pm
Saturday, September 30, 12pm-10pm
$0-30

Mark your calendars! Our TWO DAY symposium showcases animation screenings, fine art installations, virtual reality animation experiences, professional panels, and industry events at 180 Maiden Lane in the Seaport District of NYC. Our TWO DAY Enthusiast Package is FREE!

Besides an incredible main screening event featuring stop motion, hand drawn, and cg animation we are also hosting panels like Puppetry and Motion Capture in Animation, featuring: Jordan Geary (Sesame Studios), Sam Koji Hale (Handmade Puppet Dreams), Paul Andrejco (Puppet Heap), and Matt Witham with Tristian Goik (ASIFA East) as moderator.

La MaMa, First Floor Theatre

74A E 4th Street
New York, NY
lamama.org/puppet_slam/

La MaMa Puppet Slam

Various Artists

September 29 - 30, 2017
Friday & Saturday - 7:30pm
$15-$20

Puppeteer and theatre artist Jane Catherine Shaw curates a two-night puppet slam featuring contemporary short-form puppet and object theatre from both emerging and veteran puppet artists. This puppet cabaret, challenges artists to make their best short-form work and to bring a variety of puppet forms to audiences. Shaw is co-founder of the Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival.

Laurie Beechman Theatre

407 W 42nd Street
New York, NY
facebook.com/events/1385264471595188

Photo: Israel David Groveman, Image: Ron Jaffe

What Just Happened? An Adult Cabaret with Leslie Carrara-Rudolph

Leslie Carrara-Rudolph

September 30, 2017
7:00pm
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. $20 cover charge and $20 food/drink minimum. (The last 2 performances have sold out. Be sure to go to the link to reserve).

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Leslie Carrara-Rudolph takes a break from Sesame Street to perform her ADULT cabaret! With music, stories and unexpected whimsy, anything can happen! Featuring Michael Hicks on piano.

Break the Yom Kippur fast with an evening of joy and laughter!

Can't make it on September 30th? Join us November 18th when Leslie takes the stage again.

Roulette

509 Atlantic Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
roulette.org
917-267-0368

Headless Wolf

Nami Yamamoto

October 25 - 27, 2017
8:00pm
$20/$15

Choreographer Nami Yamamoto presents Headless Wolf, a new work about learning to find the beauty in both life and death. Headless Wolf draws from her own experience of becoming a mother within close proximity of losing her father.

Dancers – Johanna S. Meyer, Mina Nishimura, Leah Ogawa
Puppeteer – Matt Acheson
Musicians – Matt Heyner (drum), Sean Meehan (drum)
Lighting – Asami Morita

United Solo Festival - Theatre Row

410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY
www.thelongwayshow.com
212-239-6200
@ California Institute of the Arts - CSSSA performance, 2016.

Terrance Mc Nally

The Long Way

Pratik Motwani (India) , James Hildebrandt (USA)

October 26, 2017
Thursday, October 26th, 7:30 pm
$35

(Official Selection - 2017 United Solo Festival)
The Long Way takes the audience on a visceral and tactile experience of a man's incredible solo sea voyage, Both a physical journey of his encounters with the sea and a spiritual journey towards the discovery of himself and his truth. The show combines physical theatre with live shadow puppetry (projected on a Sail cloth that is animated using a pulley system) evoking an atmosphere that throws the audience straight into the heart of the ocean on which both the actor and the audience sail together as the story unfolds.

Created By: Pratik Motwani & James Hildebrandt
Created in residency @ Dell'Arte International, Blue Lake, CA.

Museum of the Moving Image

The Jim Henson Exhibition

Museum of the Moving Image

starting July 22, 2017
Wednesday-Thursday 10:30am-5:00pm
Friday 10:30am-8:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-6:00pm
$7-$15

Opening Saturday July 22, 2017

The Jim Henson Exhibition explores Henson's groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture. This new exhibition features approximately 300 objects to tell the story of how Henson and a talented team of designers, performers, and writers created an unparalleled body of work that continues to delight and inspire people of all ages. Among the highlights are nearly 50 puppets including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Gobo Fraggle, and Wendell Porcupine; character sketches, storyboards, scripts, and photographs; and nearly 30 monitors with video clips from throughout his career and three large-scale video installations.

New World Stages

340 West 50th Street
New York, NY
www.avenueq.com

Photo: Carol Rosegg

Avenue Q

Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx (Music & Lyrics), Jeff Whitty (Book)

ONGOING
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 8:00pm
Saturday - 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday - 3:00pm & 7:30pm
www.avenueq.com/tickets.html

AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There's Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fiancee Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod -- a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building's superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

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