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

New Victory Theater

A Sky for the Bears *

Teatro Gioco Vita (Italy)

October 25 - November 5, 2017
Saturdays & Sundays - 11:00am & 3:00pm
see website for details

When you're a happy, handsome, well-rested bear, what more could you want? Why, to be a daddy bear of course! With all the courage he can muster, a bear sets out on a quest to find a family of his own to love. In a different forest, a little bear sets off to find the quickest way to the clouds in hopes of reuniting with his dear, departed grandfather. Two sweet stories told through charming shadow puppetry and lyrical movement, A SKY FOR THE BEARS shows us that sometimes when we look to the sky for our hearts' deepest desires, the best answers are found right here on earth.

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

New Victory Theater, New 42nd Street Studios

229 W 42nd Street
New York, NY

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)

BAM Fisher, Fishman Space

321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY

Photo: Chuck Osgood

The Magic City *

Manual Cinema

February 6 - 9, 2018
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - 11am

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)

Puppetworks Theatre

338 Sixth Avenue (at 4th Street)
Brooklyn, NY
Pinocchio meets the Beggar Lady

Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola, Photo by Racioppi



September 9 - December 17, 2017
Saturdays, Sundays - 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Monday, October 9 - 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Child $10, Adult $11, Groups (20+) $9 per person

Puppetworks is pleased to announce the Fall presentation in its Brooklyn Theatre: Carlo Collodi's 1882 Adventures of a Marionette: "Pinocchio."

Adapted by Puppetworks' Artistic Director, Nicolas Coppola, "Pinocchio" features traditional hand-carved wooden marionettes, an original song score, the Blue Fairy and a "live" actor as Stromboli the Puppet Master. 6 colorful scenes range from the excitement of Boobyland with its Donkey Machine to the eerie glow of undersea where the Whale lives.

United Solo Festival - Theatre Row

410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY
@ California Institute of the Arts - CSSSA performance, 2016.

Terrance Mc Nally

The Long Way

Pratik Motwani (India) , James Hildebrandt (USA)

October 26, 2017
October 26th, 7:30pm

(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.

Goldstein PAC, Kingsborough College

Petra and Duck from

Shelly Hiem

Petra and the Wolf

Lionheart Youth Theater/ Glass Half Full Theatre

November 5, 2017

From Lionheart Youth Theatre
Staging and puppetry by Glass Half Full Theatre and live original score by Mother Falcon

Inspired by the Prokofiev classic Peter and the Wolf, with captivating large-scale puppetry and live music, this original work introduces the mischievous but fearless Petra, the granddaughter of the fabled Peter. When a wolf threatens her home and animal friends, her adventures become a showcase of bravery and compassion. Recommended for ages 4 & up


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.