|PROJECT GRANTS ($5,000)
by Three Tales by Poe
Azdak's Garden Inc./ Puppetsweat Theater - Three Tales by Poe A new stage of development for a shadow play/oratorio adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's stories using computer generated animations. ($3,000)
Batoto Yetu - The Mukishi
A dance piece based on African dance, music, and folk legend, with puppets designed by Garland Farwell. ($3,000)
Center for Puppetry Arts - Wrestling Macbeth
For an adaptation of Shakespeare's play through the lens of personality-driven pop culture as exemplified in professional wrestling. ($2,000)
Great Small Works - Satie Cabaret Project
A collaboration with pianist Margaret Leng Tan combining the music of Erik Satie with innovative puppet and performance techniques. ($2,000)
Hanne Tierney - Man, the Flower of all Flesh
A work based on a 1928 science fiction story by E.M. Forester expressing the recurrent fear of machines over the last two centuries. ($2,000)
|Everyday Uses for Sight #3 & #7
by Dan Hurlin
|Photo by Tom Brazil
|"Puppetry is a mirror of design, engineering and dramaturgy."
Dan Hurlin - Everyday Uses for Sight #3 & #7
An evening of two companion pieces exploring the power of seeing through landscape painting and architecture. ($3,000)
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater - Awesome Vessel Power
A puppet and mask play weaving the styles and visions of individual artists into a single thematic piece. ($2,000)
Mabou Mines - Red Beads
A puppet opera based on a Russian folk tale with puppetry by Basil Twist and music by Ushio Torikai.($4,000)
Mettawee River Theatre Company - Psyche
A visual theater adaptation of Moliere's version of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche. ($2,000)
Sandglass Theater - The Pig Act
A dark circus piece about the delicate balancing act that we must all perform in order to survive. ($2,000)
Saw Theater - And the Movement of Hearts Came at Me Like a Storm
The story of a character's search for meaning and beauty told with puppets, objects, projections, film and live sound. ($4,000)
Skysaver Productions - Lives of the Artists
A site-specific theatre work that explores writings about the lives of the most important and popular visual artists of the past 600 years. ($2,000)
Smokebrush Theater - Dream Cafe
A story told with actors and puppets that begins in a realistic setting and develops to reveal the mythic underpinnings of the scene. ($2,000)
|Theater of Light
by Rudi Stern
|Photo courtesy of the artist
Rudi Stern - Theater of Light
A series of performed compositions of projected light and objects set to music. ($2,000)
Top Shows - Madison's Descent
A performance pageant by Page Allen and Michael Curry telling the story of one child's journey into being. ($2,000)
Basil Twist - Behind the Lid
A work with a text by Lee Nagrin and puppetry by Basil Twist. ($4,000)
SEED GRANTS ($1,000)
Cave Dogs - Ferrous City: Tunnel Visions
A story about an urban night drive from three different perspectives using improvisational shadow puppetry.
Fred Curchack - King Lear Project
A show in which an old actor/puppeteer relives decades spent touring a solo adaptation of King Lear.
Drama of Works - Doctor Faustus
A version of Christopher Marlowe's classic text focusing on Faustus' inner struggle between good and evil.
Figures of Speech Theatre - She-Who-Is-Alone
An adaptation of the Comanche story for performance by puppets and actors.
GOH Productions - Prose of the Transsiberian and of Little Joan of France
A staging the 1913 poem in prose by Blaise Cendrars about his adventurous travel on the Transsiberian railroad in 1905.
Samantha Hack - Isolation Island
A work that tells the story of a group of dogs stranded on an isolated island.
The Heuristic Theatre Company - Harrison Bergeron
An adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's short story performed with rod, shadow, and stop motion puppets.
Eric Jacobson - Galileo's Telescope
A piece combining Bunraku puppetry, masks, original music and lighting effects to transport the audience to the edge of the universe and back.
Billy Jarcho - The Fattest Kitty on Earth!
A collaboration between Minneapolis puppeteer/director Andrew Kim and writer, designer and animation director Billy Jarcho.
Liz Joyce and a Couple of Puppets - Lorca Puppet Plays
A production with 14 hand-carved puppets, four puppeteers and three musicians, based on the writings of Federico GarcÃa Lorca.
Mum Puppettheatre - The Leonardo Project
A collaboration between puppeteer Robert Smythe and corporeal mime Daniel Stein based on their studies of human movement.
Ontological Hysteric Theater, Inc. - Bad Boy Nietzche
A work written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman, which explores the philosopher Nietzsche's eastern influences.
Redmoon Theater - Things That Eat Other Things
A large-scale shadow puppet show to be performed in the windows of the facade of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.
Tom Ross - American Hunger
A work based on the autobiographical writings of African-American novelist Richard Wright.
ShadowLight Productions - Dreaming California
A shadow theater piece depicting the cultural and natural history of California.
Manju Shandler - Stories for the Sultan
A play based on One Thousand and One Nights to be developed as a theatrical serial.
Michael Sommers - Elijah's Wake
A work for both actors and puppeteers based on the stories and myths surrounding the Prophet Elijah.
Lisa Sturz - Still Life
A rod puppet operetta in which the protagonist journeys into the unconscious world of hidden potential and emerges as a new woman.
Ellen van Wees - Tales of the Powdered and Periwigged
A shadow and toy theater piece using classic fairy tales as a springboard to explore human behavior, with a Freudian/Jungian twist.