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New 42nd Street Studios

229 West 42nd Street
New York, NY

The Way Back Home *

Teater Refleksion & Branar Téatar

March 10 - 26, 2017
Friday March 10, 24 - 1:00pm
Friday March 17 - 11:00am
Saturday March 11, 18, 25 - 10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm
Sunday March 12, 19, 26 - 10:00am, 1:00pm
Tickets starting at $20

When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his bedroom, he does what any young adventurer would do: flies into outer space! When the plane begins to sputter and quake, our intrepid explorer must execute a daring landing on the moon. But never fear, he is not alone up there… Using intimate puppetry and original music, Ireland's Branar Téatar and Denmark's Teater Refleksion (Songs from Above, New Vic 2013) create a whimsical world in THE WAY BACK HOME, a story about friendship and the courage to conquer the unknown.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant (2016)

New 42nd Street Studios

229 West 42nd Street
New York, NY

Grug and the Rainbow *

Windmill Theatre Co.

May 13 - 21, 2017
Saturday May 13 & 20 - 10:00am, 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Sunday May 14 & 21 - 10:00am, 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Tickets start at $20

What does Grug love most? Adventures! The beloved burrawang-born bloke from Down Under returns in GRUG AND THE RAINBOW, an all-new colorful tale. Leaping from the pages of the celebrated series of picture books, Grug, with the help of his friends Cara the carpet snake and Snoot the echidna, sets off on a quest to capture a rainbow that he can call his very own. Featuring playful puppetry and imaginative storytelling, Grug and his mates bound onto the stage and into a host of hilarious situations.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant (2016)

Puppetworks Theatre

338 Sixth Avenue (at 4th Street), Park Slope
Brooklyn, NY
Puss tries on magical boots from a peddler

TA Smith; Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola

Puss in Boots


January 28 - April 9, 2017
Saturdays & Sundays
and Presidents' Week: February 20 through 24
at 12:30 and 2:30 pm
Child $9, Adult $10, Groups (20+) $8 per person

Adapted for the Marionette stage by Puppetworks' Artistic Director, Nicolas Coppola, "Puss in Boots" is the tale of a cat whose master buys him magical boots, enabling him to speak. Puss then tells him of his plan to outwit an ogre of his riches, using the wealth to win the Princess for his master.

The production is performed in elegant French 18th Century-style costumes and settings, and features an original song score.

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Central Park West & 79th Street, within Central Park
New York, NY

The Princess, the Emperor and the Duck

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

starting February 7, 2017
Tuesday-Friday 10:30am & 12:00pm
Saturday & Sunday - 1:00pm
$8/children and $12/adults.

A modern retelling of three classic Han Christian Andersen tales.

Theater for the New City

155 First Ave. (betw. 9th & 10th Streets, East Village)
New York, NY
Childless couple from a Czech Snow Maiden tale, part of

Jonathan Slaff.

Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Wisdom

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre

February 16 - March 5, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM
$15 general admission, $10 kids

"Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Wisdom" is drawn from Czech, Slovak, and Italian fairy tales that are cherished by children of the Czech Lands and Italy. Written and directed by Vít Ho?ejš, it is performed by four performers, four dozen marionettes of various sizes and a mounted deer's head. The evening is named for its first story, a Czech tale, in which a charcoal burner's son, predestined by his fairy godmother to marry a princess, is sent by his angered father-in-law King on a quest for the sun's three golden hairs in hope that the young man will perish. Resolving three more difficult tasks along the way, he returns with rich rewards, inspiring the envious King to depart in search of Apples of Youth and Water of Life, a quest in which he finds his punishment.

Flushing Town Hall

137-35 Northern Blvd.
Flushing, NY

Treehouse Shakers' Olive & Pearl: A Magical Story of Home

Flushing Town Hall

March 18, 2017

Explore your creative side with Mara McEwin of Treehouse Shakers, FTH Space Grantee. Enjoy puppet-making with household objects, storytelling, and creative drama based on folktales, finger tales, and poetry of home. For ages 0-5 years.
$7/$4 Children/FREE for members with tickets to 11am or 2:15pm show

Olive & Pearl is the story of a young girl, Olive, being lovingly raised by her granny, Pearl. Intimately staged, audiences sit within Olive & Pearl’s home, which is made out of a dome of soft felts, crocheted squares, and colorful fabrics. Magical, visual, stimulating, and oftentimes funny, Olive & Pearl is a supportive first performance for the very young. For ages 0-5 years.
$13/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children

Miller Theater at Columbia University

2960 Broadway, at 116th Street
New York, NY

The Bremen Town Band

Designer & Director - Lake Simons

May 6, 2017
2:00pm & 5:00pm

The Grimm fairytale of the town musicians of Bremen tells of a ragtag band of four farm animals, nearing the end of their useful lives as beasts of burden and longing for an encore career as performers. The quartet—a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster—sets out on the road to Bremen, and we join their journey in this brand new work of puppet theater, featuring an original score by Courtney Bryan. Equally at home with jazz and classical styles, Bryan pens a score that transposes the tale to today, while director and designer Lake Simons animates the lovable creatures and their surprising, hilarious, and touching tale of friendship.

Minskoff Theatre

200 W. 45th St.
New York, NY


The Lion King

Julie Taymor - Director

Sundays 3:00pm, Tuesdays 7:00pm , Wednesdays 2:00pm & 8:00pm , Thursdays 8:00pm , Fridays 8:00pm , Saturdays 2:00pm & 8:00pm

Disney's Tony-winning show continues to dazzle at the Minskoff. Any child who hasn't yet seen it must catch director Julie Taymor's wildly imaginative puppet spectacle. A cast of 46 sings the Elton John-Tim Rice score, which tells the story of Simba, a cub destined to be king of his pride.

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