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Fall 2017 is Full of Puppet Theater in NYC!
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New Victory Theater, New 42nd Street Studios

229 W 42nd Street
New York, NY
newvictory.org/Show-Detail?ProductionId=8519
646.223.3042

A Sick Day for Morris McGee *

The Train Theater (Israel)

January 13 - 28, 2018
January 13 & 14 - 10am, 1pm, 4pm
January 15 - 10am
January 19 - 1pm
January 20 & 21 - 10am, 1pm, 4pm
January 26 - 1pm
January 27 & 28 - 10am, 1pm, 4pm
Tickets starting at $20

Every day, Morris McGee takes the No. 5 bus to his job at the zoo. Every day, he lovingly attends to the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the owl and the rhinoceros (who always has a runny nose). Every day, that is, until it's Morris who has the sniffles! Based on a Caldecott Medal-winning book by Philip C. Stead, this charming puppetry performance about one creature of habit and his kindhearted coterie will warm your heart and chase away the winter chills.

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

Flushing Town Hall

137-35 Northern Blvd.
Flushing, NY
flushingtownhall.org/family-programs
718-463-7700

Dreams of Sand BY SAND ARTIST BORJA GONZÁLEZ, SPAIN - WORKSHOP and PERFORMANCE *

Flushing Town Hall

January 20, 2018
2:15 PM | FAMILY PERFORMANCE (ALL AGES) INTERACTIVE ARTS WORKSHOP AT 1 PM
$14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children

Borja González tells us, with only a little bit of sand and his hands, the story of two people throughout their lives, from the dreams that start building up during their childhood, through the experiences of their adult life. This nonverbal story carries audiences to moments filled with emotions. This show is accompanied by beautiful live music.
DATE: SAT | JAN 20 | 2:15 PM | FAMILY PERFORMANCE (ALL AGES) INTERACTIVE ARTS WORKSHOP AT 1 PM

Tickets: $14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children.

Members call Box Office (718)463-7700 ext 222) for Workshop tickets. Workshop availability is limited.

Free for Teens 13-19 with ID.

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

BAM Rose Cinemas

30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY
www.bam.org/film/2018/shortstack-puppets-on-film
718-636-4100
The Pits

Shortstack: Puppets on Film *

Part of BAMkids Film Festival / Curated by The Jim Henson Foundation

February 3 - 4, 2018
Sat, Feb 3 at 11am & 12:20pm
Sun, Feb 4 at 10:40am
$14; $10 for kids (13 & under) and seniors (65+)

A cast of zany characters converge in this imaginative program, taking families on a journey possible only through the magic of puppetry.

* Curated by the Jim Henson Foundation

BAM Fisher

321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn, NY
bam.org/kids/2018/play-puppets-workshop
718-636-4100
Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins

Photo: Alex Boerner

Play with Puppets Workshop *

Tarish "Jeghetto" Pipkins / BAM

February 3 - 4, 2018
Saturday & Sunday - 10am
$15

Part of BAMkids Film Festival
* In association with The Jim Henson Foundation

Take your puppetry skills to the next level in this stimulating workshop for kids and kids at heart. North Carolina-based puppeteer Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins offers fun techniques for bringing life and character to his imaginative array of puppets.

Participation is recommended for children ages 6—11 and their families.

BAM Fisher, Fishman Space

321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY
bam.org/kids/2018/the-magic-city

Photo: Chuck Osgood

The Magic City *

Manual Cinema

February 9 - 11, 2018
Friday - 7:00pm
Saturday - 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday - 2:00pm
$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)

Symphony Space

2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY
symphonyspace.org/event/9892/Family/just-kidding-the-joshua-show-episode-2
212-864-5400

The Joshua Show: Episode 2 *

Joshua Holden

February 24, 2018
110:00am & 2:00pm
$14-$17

Suggested age range: 2-9 years old The Joshua Show evokes the feeling of joy in audiences of all ages by teaching valuable lessons about celebrating our differences, finding joy in everyday life, and respecting honest feelings. It’s about friendship, confidence, and the value of being yourself. Mr. Nicholas, a sock puppet and Joshua’s soulmate, makes an unnerving self-discovery that causes him to spiral down a path of loneliness and hopeless despair. How do you cheer up when life gets you down? Find out in this whimsical production featuring multiple styles of puppetry, live music, physical comedy, and tap dancing!
Recommended for ages 5+

Joshua Holden (creator & host) is an award-winning international puppeteer, actor, and joy-maker based in NYC, and was named one of "20 Theatre Workers You should Know" by American Theatre Magazine. Joshua was on the Broadway national tour of AVENUE Q, the Lead Puppeteer in Peter Pan 360 (ThreeSixty Entertainment), and garnered an Arts Impulse award as well as an IRNE nomination for "Best Actor In a Musical" as Bill Snibson in Me & My Girl (Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston). He worked with international street artist Banksy on his controversial piece Sirens of the Lambs. A proud Massachusetts native and an alumnus of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, he earned a B.F.A. in Acting from The Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University.
For more about The Joshua show, visit http://joshuashow.com/

Age range: 2-7

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

Symphony Space

2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY
symphonyspace.org/event/9835/Family/lightwire-theater-dino-light
212-864-5400

DINO-LIGHT *

Lightwire Theater

March 17, 2018
11:00am & 2:00pm
$14-$17

Electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness in this glow-in-the-dark, heart-rending original tale of a loveable dinosaur and his scientist creator.

Truly unique and visually dazzling, DINO-LIGHT has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance, and has dazzled audiences all over the world.

"An eye-popping display of storytelling that's like nothing else you've ever seen ... a force to be reckoned with" –Broadwayworld.com

"It is a wonderful hour of fantasy that combines ancient, wordless storytelling with modern technology and music." –LA Times

Age range: 2-7

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

Symphony Space

2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY
www.symphonyspace.org/event/9883/Family/spellbound-theatre-wink
212-864-5400

Wink *

Spellbound Theatre

March 24, 2018
110:00am & 2:00pm
$14-$17

What happens when we go to sleep? Spellbound Theatre's "Wink" is an imaginative and multi-disciplinary performance that explores dreams from the perspective of a young child and her bear. Blending shadow puppetry, physical theatre, and animation, this unique show is a captivating journey designed to engage and inspire the very youngest audience members. Inspired by the classic poem, "Wynken, Blynken and Nod," Wink transforms a familiar bedroom into an imaginative world full of surprises.

Age range: 2-7

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant (2013)

La MaMa - First Floor Theatre

74A East Fourth Street, 1st. Floor
New York, NY
lamama.org/don_quixote/

Don Quixote *

Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company

April 21 - 29, 2018
Saturdays & Sundays - 12:00pm
$10 Adult and Kid Tickets (plus $1 Facility Fee)

Don Quixote Takes New York is an adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes' novel "Don Quixote". This piece focuses on the plight of Quixote - either succumb to the bitterness of despair or let loose the wings of the imagination. "Don Quixote Takes New York" will be an intuitive voyage that transports the audience through Quixote's emotions, from memories of his past home life, to when he moves out of his familiar surroundings and travels through the City, seeing the new perspective this unexplored world offers him. Don Quixote and his friend Sancho Panza with travel the five boroughs of New York on a quest to save the world from evil forces and protect the children from monsters. In the reimagining of this classic text, with puppets, dance and music, we follow Quixote while he explores New York City in his quest for love, honor, liberty and justice for all.
Loco7 aims to show the audience that no dream is too impossible to obtain and that with hope and heart you can conquer your fears.

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

Puppetworks Theatre

338 Sixth Avenue (at 4th Street), Park Slope
Brooklyn, NY
puppetworks.org
718-965-3391
The Prince & Birdcatcher meet The Queen of the Night

TA Smith

The Prince & The Magic Flute

Puppetworks

January 13 - March 31, 2018
Saturdays & Sundays & MLK, Jr. Day, January 15
& Presidents' Week, February19 through 23
@ 12:30 and 2:30 pm
Child $10, Adult $11, Groups (20+) $9 per person

Adapted for children by Nicolas Coppola from Mozart’s opera, The Prince and The Magic Flute is set in mystical Egypt and tells the comical adventures of a Prince and a Birdcatcher as they try to rescue a Princess. Puppetworks’ production features traditional, hand-carved wooden marionettes, accompanied by children’s songs culled from the Mozart score.

Museum of the Moving Image

Muppet Music Moments

Museum of the Moving Image - Jim Henson's World

January 20 - 21, 2018
Saturday & Sunday - 11:00am
$15 ($11 seniors and students / $7 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above).

Music was always an integral part of The Muppet Show, and we have assembled a collection of some of the classic musical numbers interpreted as only the Muppets can. This compilation features a wide range of musical genres including performances by guest stars Harry Belafonte, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, and many more. Program running time approx. 78 minutes.

Beyond at Liberty View

850 3rd Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
bedbathandbeyond.com/brooklyn/

The Little Red Hen

WonderSpark Puppets

January 20, 2018
Saturday - 11:00am
Free

"Who Will Help Me Make the Bread?" The classic story of a Hen who needs YOUR help to bake some bread! The Little Red Hen is a sensory play with lots of hands-on interaction, developed for ages 0-3. Every animal on the farm wants to eat the Hen's bread, but no one wants to help make it. We will learn the benefits of helping out and teamwork and everyone can share and enjoy a real loaf of baked bread at the end to celebrate.

Bryant Park - Overlook Bank of America Winter Village

6th Ave. & 41 st. Street
New York, NY
bryantpark.org/events/2018/01/27/puppet-show

Fox Fables

WonderSpark Puppets

January 27, 2018
Saturday - 2:00pm
Free

What makes you--YOU? When the Fox and his precious tail are separated, he tries out being other animals in order to discover a new identity. A close encounter with a lion teaches him the value of being himself! Beautiful hand puppets and WonderSpark's signature sense of humor bring this Aesop-inspired fable to life with lots of fun and audience interactivity.

Beyond at Liberty View

850 3rd Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
bedbathandbeyond.com/brooklyn/

Fox Fables

WonderSpark Puppets

January 27, 2018
Saturday - 11:00am
Free

What makes you--YOU? When the Fox and his precious tail are separated, he tries out being other animals in order to discover a new identity. A close encounter with a lion teaches him the value of being himself! Beautiful hand puppets and WonderSpark's signature sense of humor bring this Aesop-inspired fable to life with lots of fun and audience interactivity.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

250 Bedford Park Boulevard
West Bronx, NY
lehmancenter.org/events/imago-theater/
718-960-8833

La Belle, Lost In The World Of The Automaton

IMAGO THEATER

January 28, 2018
4:00pm
$25 General Admission

A giant art work of a play with 100 moving parts that will engage you like no other show… Animated effects every 30 seconds… Steampunk finesse… Whimsical, dramatic and heartfelt… This is the new Imago Theater and they are at their best!

For the first time in over 35 years, the acclaimed Imago Theater has created a new fairy tale experience for audiences of all ages. La Belle, Lost in the World of the Automaton ­meshes elements of steampunk and automata with the original classic La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast).
Set aboard a steamship circa 1920 La Belle is the unlikely love story of the ship’s coal stoker (Sam Stoker) and one of the vacationers on the ship (Lady Rose). When she takes refuge from a storm while on deck Rose finds herself in Sam’s engine room far below. She is drawn to a myriad of trunks and treasures accumulated there, including objects of Sam’s own creation and discovers that he has constructed the story of La Belle et la Bête in the world of the automata (figurines brought to life by the ingenuity of clockwork mechanics).
She also knows the story of Beauty and the Beast and soon joins him in the telling. They become friends, beautifully melding the real and fantasy worlds while playing the characters of Beauty and the Beast, and beyond their control they fall in love. Like a giant toy containing moving gears, machines and a backdrop of a whimsical ship, the physical set is a kinetic and animated environment from which over a 100 effects, puppets and automata emerge to tell this magical tale.

14th Street Y

Princess Petunia and her Plant, a Tu B'Shvat story

WonderSpark Puppets

February 3, 2018
3:00pm
Free for 14th Street Y Members, Non-Members Advance Tickets: Children ($5), Adults ($10), Family Ticket (Up to 5 members $35)

When the sun goes cold, all trees and plants are in danger of freezing! It's up to a brave princess to overcome medieval bullies, dragons, wizards to bring some Tikkun Olam to the world.



Bryant Park - Overlook Bank of America Winter Village

6th Ave & 41st Street
New York, NY
bryantpark.org/events/2018/02/03/puppet-show

The Little Red Hen

WonderSpark Puppets

February 3, 2018
Saturday - 2:00pm
Free

"Who Will Help Me Make the Bread?" The classic story of a Hen who needs YOUR help to bake some bread! The Little Red Hen is a sensory play with lots of hands-on interaction, developed for ages 0-3. Every animal on the farm wants to eat the Hen's bread, but no one wants to help make it. We will learn the benefits of helping out and teamwork and everyone can share and enjoy a real loaf of baked bread at the end to celebrate.

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Central Park, 79th Street and West Drive
New York, NY
cityparksfoundation.org/arts/swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre/

Neverland: Peter Returns

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

February 6 - April 7, 2018
see website for details
$8-$12

Based on J.M. Barrie’s iconic Peter Pan tales, Neverland: Peter Returns is the Swedish Cottage’s spin on the beloved children’s classic. Leaving their parents behind, the Darling children follow Peter Pan back home to Neverland for the adventure of a lifetime. When the cunning Captain Hook turns Peter's pals Tiger Lily and Tinker Bell against him, the children team up with the Never Boys to save the day, learning the value of forgiveness and friendship.

Theatre Row - The Kirk Theatre

410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY
addyanduno.com/

Addy & Uno

Tom & Michael D'Angora

ONGOING
Saturdays & Sundays - 12:00pm
see website for details

As Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school's math competition, his friends with varying disabilities - ADHD, visual, hearing and physical impairment - rally in support. Through puppets and soaring music, Addy & Uno is a heartfelt and hilarious journey celebrating hope, big dreams and the beauty of differences.

DR2 Theatre at Union Square

103 East 15th Street
New York, NY
hungrycaterpillarshow.com/new-york-tickets

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Rockefeller Production

ONGOING
See website for details
see website for details

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 41 million copies worldwide.

Eric's well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and destinctively simple stories,
introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world - and to their first experience of reading itself.

The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage.

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show' features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show - The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Minskoff Theatre

200 W. 45th St.
New York, NY
www.disney.go.com/theatre/thelionking
212-869-0550

Photo: Broadway.com

The Lion King

Julie Taymor - Director

ONGOING
Sundays 3:00pm, Tuesdays 7:00pm , Wednesdays 2:00pm & 8:00pm , Thursdays 8:00pm , Fridays 8:00pm , Saturdays 2:00pm & 8:00pm
$72.50-$128.50

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.