Subscribe to the Puppet Happenings Mailing List

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


145 6th Ave
New York, NY
Lake Simons in Tree Pop

Dylan Griffin

Tree Pop, An Imaginative Pageant Amongst the Pines-An Ode to Friends That Leave & Objects That Speak *

Lake Simons & John Dyer

November 30 - December 10, 2017
Tue-Sat @ 7pm
Sundays @ 2pm

We share our small community of eccentric characters in our very own pretend outcrop on the side of a mountain far far away. Our train conductor welcomes you to travel around the tiny town and through the woods on a miniature train, which runs around the perimeter of our playing area - In the center trees grow, dance, and walk around, a poet houses a family of displaced birds in his beard, a woman lifts off the ground in her pigeon shoes, and a creature lurks.
Created by Lake Simons and John Dyer

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant (2018) and Workshop Grant (2015)


145 Sixth Ave.
New York, NY

Puppet Parlour: A Mirthful Fete *

Various Artists

December 13, 2017

HERE's Dream Music Puppetry Program presents A Mirthful Fete, an annual winter Puppet Parlour.

With performances by:
Kalan Sherrard, Jessica Scott, Machine Dazzle, Kate Brehm

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant (2018)


145 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY

Symphonie Fantastique *

Basil Twist

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

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)

Theater for the New City

155 1st Ave
New York, NY
Bread and Puppet in NYC, Two weeks only!!

Peter Schumann & Lila Winstead

Our Domestic Insurrection Circus & The Honey Let's Go Home Opera

Bread & Puppet Theater

December 7 - 17, 2017
Our Domestic Insurrection Circus:
12/7 8pm
12/8 8pm
12/9 3pm & 8pm
12/10 3pm

The Honey Let's Go Home Opera:
12/14 8pm
12/15 8pm
12/16 3pm & 8pm
12/17 8pm
$13 Kids, Students, Seniors; $18 Adults

Bread & Puppet returns to NYC with two brand new shows!

The Domestic Insurrection Circus stars the Washer Women as its triumphant superheroes, working together to take down the 20 foot cardboard billionaires that stand in for big business, crooked politicians and the broken capitalist system. Also including a generous dusting of flagging, stilt walking, paper-mache animals, dad slapstick antics and a giant brass band. You are sure to leave the theater more confused and much happier then when you came in.

The Honey Let's Go Home Opera is a comprehensive treatise on cardboard. "The nature of cardboard is refuse", sings a chorus member, "meaning the discard of the economic empire's excesses. By declaring reality to be cardboard you open the gates to unheard of growth and prosperity." In a humorous and colorful unfolding of events, the chorus manipulates cafeteria trays, musical instruments, puppet forks and cardboard tools in an attempt to find "the yearned for thing that normal reality can't achieve". With music from Alan Berg's Op. 1 piano sonata and Mozart's Don Giovanni, among others, probably you shouldn't miss this one.

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

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

Photo: Carol Rosegg

Avenue Q

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

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 8:00pm
Saturday - 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday - 3:00pm & 7:30pm

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.