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City Heights Performance Annex

3795 Fairmount Ave.
San Diego, CA
animalcrackerconspiracy.com
619-887-1451

Rachel Noice

Paper Cities *

Animal Cracker Conspiracy

February 21 - 24, 2018
Feb. 21 7:30pm
Feb. 22 7:30pm
Feb. 23 7:30pm
Feb. 24 8pm
$15-25

Paper Cities or strategies to avert the coming Megalopolis, is a fragmented survey of western civilization and imagined mythologies, told through puppetry, animated film, movement and sound. A sixty-minute multidisciplinary performance that asks the audience as well as ourselves how we have contributed to our current social, political, cultural and environmental situation in North America. Realizing there is a myriad of perspectives that make up this broad question we aim to incite discussions rather than answers. The piece sniffs out colonial narratives subsumed and buried in personal genealogy and what it means to loose ones home by force, eviction, or habitat destruction.

* Recipient of a Production Grant (2015)

Portland Ovations at Portland Stage

Babylon *

Sandglass Theater

March 1 - 3, 2018
8:00pm
$25

The fallen mythic civilization of Babylon becomes a metaphor for the destruction and destabilization that is leading much of the world into a refugee crisis of mythic proportion. Performed by five actors/singers/puppeteers, the puppets bring to life seven refugees at a metaphorical hearing about their need for asylum.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2017) and Workshop Grant (2016)

University of California Santa Barbara - Campbell Hall

Building 538, Santa Barbara, Mesa Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA
artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=3731
805-893-3535

Photo: Chuck Osgood

The Magic City *

Manual Cinema

March 4, 2018
3:00pm
$20 General Public, $14 12 & Under

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)

California State University, Northridge - Plaza del Sol Performance Hall

Photo: Chuck Osgood

The Magic City *

Manual Cinema

March 18, 2018
3:00pm
$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)

Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, GA
puppet.org/programs/family-series/
404.873.3391

Photo: Clay Walker

Rainforest Adventures

Center for Puppetry Arts, Adapted by Jon Ludwig

January 23 - March 4, 2018
see website for dates and times
$11.25-$19.50

It’s a jungle out there in this entertaining and enlightening peek at the amazingAmazonian rainforest.

Reduced-price Previews Jan 23 & 24

Mummenschanz 2018 USA Tour

MUMMENSCHANZ - You and Me

Mummenschanz

January 31 - April 26, 2018
See Venues for Details

“You and Me” celebrates the mutual joy the audience and performers share in Mummenschanz's one-of-a-kind theatrical performances. The show brings to life the large scale masks you’ve grown to love from Mummenschanz and its classic sketches that have endured the test of time.

2018 USA Tour

1/31/18 - Modesto, CA - Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
2/1/18 - Folsom, CA - The Harris Center for the Arts
2/11/18 - Northridge, CA - Valley Performing Arts Center
2/17/18 - Albuquerque, NM - Popejoy Hall
2/18/18 - Tucson, AZ - Centennial Hall
2/23/18 - Richardson, TX - Margaret & Al Hill Performance Hall
2/24/18 - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theater
2/27/18 - Fayetteville, AR - Walton Arts Center
3/1/18 - Marion, IL - Marion Cultural and Civic Center
3/2/18 - Long Beach, CA - Carpenter Performing Arts Center
3/3/18 - Glen Ellyn, IL - McAninch Arts Center
3/10/18 - Saginaw, MI - Temple Theater
3/11/18 - Detroit, MI - Music Hall Center
3/13/18 - Frostburg, MD - Forstburg State University
3/17/18 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Bardovan
3/18/18 - New Brunswick, NJ - State Theater New Jersey
3/22/18 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
3/25/18 - Ruthland, VT - Paramount Theater
3/28/18 - Allentown, PA - Allentown Symphony Hall
3/29/18 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
4/3/18 - Springfield, IL - Sangamon Auditorium
4/4/18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Byham Theater
4/13/18 - Clemson, SC - Clemson University
4/14/18 - Maryville, TN - Clayton Center for the Arts
4/18/18 - Hammond, LA - Columbia Theater
4/21/18 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theater
4/22/18 - Naples, FL - Frances Pew Hayes Hall
4/25/18 - Daytona Beach, FL - Peabody Auditorium
4/26/18 - Sarasota, FL - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
4/29/18 - St. Petersburg, FL - Mahaffey Theater
7/3/18 - Columbia, MO - Jesse Auditorium
7/4/18 - Manassas, VA - Hylton Performing Arts Center Merchant Hall
8/4/18 - University Park, PA - Center for the Performing Arts

Simpich Showcase

2413 W Colorado Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO
simpich.com/theatre-2016/
719-465-2492

The Hans Christian Andersen Storybook

David Simpich

February 2 - March 3, 2018
See website for details
$14-$17

Interweaving seven of Andersen’s classic fairy tales, this solo theatre piece explores and celebrates the themes of Denmark’s premier storyteller. The Ugly Duckling takes center stage to live out and discuss his troubling storyline with his author (portrayed by puppeteer David Simpich). Other Andersen characters including the Little Match Girl, Thumbelina and the Steadfast Tin Soldier join in to share their tales as well and cheer the duckling on towards his story’s profound conclusion.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

1500 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN
hobt.org/performances
612-721-2535

Image by Tim Cronin-Hnilicka

Make Believe Neighborhood

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

February 2 - 25, 2018
Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Feb. 4 at 2:30 pm

Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Feb. 11 at 2:30 pm

Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 pm
Monday, Feb. 19 at 7:30pm* special show celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2:30 pm
$10 - 20

Make Believe Neighborhood celebrates Neighborhood Helpers – the ordinary people who do extraordinary work to make our own neighborhood a brighter, healthier, friendlier place. Director Bart Buch weaves these stories together with scenes from the life of Fred Rogers and gorgeous music produced by Martin Dosh. Join us as we look deeper into the background of Mr. Rogers and how he came to be a strong advocate for children, the beauty of the everyday, and simple acts of kindness. At the same time, we’ll shine a spotlight on some of the neighbors who have made our community what it is today.

Great Arizona Puppet Theater

302 West Latham Street
Phoenix, AZ
azpuppets.org/shows.php
602-262-2050

Hotel Saguaro

Great Arizona Puppet Theater

February 7 - 25, 2018
Wed-Fri - 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm
Sun 2pm
$7 for children and $10 for adults. Children under 2 are free only with the purchase of another child's ticket. Member tickets are $6 for children and $9 for adults.

Grandpa Saguaro tells little Sammy Saguaro the importance of the saguaro cactus in the desert and to the many animals that live there too. Ages Kindergarten and up.

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

615 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA
pacificsymphony.org/tickets/concert/magic_flute
714-755-5799
Animal Puppet from Magic Flute

Robin Walsh

The Magic Flute

Pacific Symphony

February 22 - 27, 2018
February 22, 8:00 pm
February 24, 8:00 pm
February 27, 8:00 pm
$30-200

One of Mozart’s most popular operas, The Magic Flute is a magical fairy tale about love. One of the great advantages of this opera with Pacific Symphony is that the orchestra can be given its rightful place as a character in the piece. And without giving away too many secrets, the beauty of Segerstrom Concert Hall gives a fantastic jumping off point to offer a feast for the eyes, including using puppetry to bring the magic to life on the stage. Prepare yourself for an evening filled with magic, comedy and some of opera’s greatest arias!

Puppet Showplace Theatre

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA
puppetshowplace.org/mainstage-shows/
617.731.6400

Galapagos George

Barefoot Puppet Theatre

February 22 - 25, 2018
February 22-23 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30am & 1:00 pm
February 24-25 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
$12, $8 members

Meet George, a giant Galapagos tortoise, as he grows up in a world filled with sea turtles, lizards, hungry goats, and dancing blue-footed birdies. This puppet production, called an “uplifting eco-fable” by the Smithsonian Museum, is inspired by the true story of the last remaining Galapagos tortoise and the islands he calls home. Audiences of all ages will be touched by this story that teaches what it truly means to be one of a kind!

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

1500 East Lake Street
Minneaolis, MN
hobt.org/performances-2/ta-da/
612-721-2535

Bruce Silcox

On the Day You Were Born

created by In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, performed by Julie Boada and Esther Ouray

February 24, 2018
10 a.m. and 12 noon
$5 Children $3 Adults

Based on the award winning children’s book by Debra Frasier, the story explores the scientific phenomena that unfolded on the day “you” entered the world. This toy theater production combines puppetry, poetry and music that celebrate the natural miracle of the earth. The author’s radiant collage illustrations translate to a miniature stage as puppeteers open trick boxes releasing the wonders described in the book.

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT
bimp.uconn.edu
860-486-8580
Pavla Mano and Csaba Raduly perform Plastic

Plastic

Puzzle Theatre

February 24, 2018
11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Adults: $12; Members/Seniors $10; Students: $8; Kids: $6 (12 years and under).

What is more surprising than a plastic-bag world, where funny and colorful creatures are born and transform themselves as much as they like? In Puzzle Theatre's Plastic, plastic bags fill themselves, empty themselves, fly, eat each other, are bored—in other words, they exist! Step by step they reveal their nature: they are primitive, naïve, and funny, and they resemble us a little bit... maybe… Remaining faithful to their artistic roots, Puzzle Theatre offers an original, multicolored performance with unusual puppets created on the spot with plastic bags, filled humor and unexpected situations. The show, created and performed by Pavla Mano and Csaba Raduly with music by Petya Nedeva, is 40 minutes long and recommended for ages 5+.

Created in Bulgaria in 1996, and based in Montreal since 2004, Puzzle Theatre has developed a unique style that mixes various genres. Combining objects, puppets and actors, Puzzle Theatre works with a colorful amalgam of styles and widely diverse means of expression. The company includes artistic director Pavla Mano; actor and creator Csaba Raduly; and set and costume designer Ivan Stavrev.

Great Arizona Puppet Theater

302 West Latham Street
Phoenix, AZ
azpuppets.org/shows.php
602-262-2050

The Cat Came Back

Mesner Puppet Theater

February 28 - March 4, 2018
Wed-Fri - 10am
Sat 10am & 2pm
Sun 2pm
$7 for children and $10 for adults. Children under 2 are free only with the purchase of another child's ticket. Member tickets are $6 for children and $9 for adults.

Based on the folk song by Fred Penner, this hilarious show tells the story of Mr Johnson and a mysterious cat who keeps returning to his doorstep. This show promises to delight elementary children from Kindergarten to 6th grade and is great fun for the whole family!

Puppet Showplace Theatre

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA
puppetshowplace.org/mainstage-shows/
617.731.6400

Plastic

Puzzle Theater

March 1 - 4, 2018
March 1-2 (Thurs-Fri) | 10:30 am
March 3-4 (Sat-Sun) | 1:00 & 3:00 pm
$12, $8 members

Welcome to a world of plastic-bag creatures, where funny and colorful characters eat, sleep, dance, and transform themselves into whatever they please! Montreal’s acclaimed Puzzle Theatre uses masterful puppetry and hilarious physical theater to bring this delightful menagerie to life. This performance will exercise your imagination and delight your senses. We promise you will never look at a plastic bag the same way again!

Puppet Showplace Theater

32 Station Street
Brookline, MA
puppetshowplace.org/disposable
617-731-6400

Disposable

Puzzle Theater (Quebec, Canada)

March 2 - 3, 2018
Friday & Saturday - 8:00pm
$15 / $10 Puppets at Night Members

A being without a name or face sets off on life's mysterious journey. Using masterful movement and the simplest of materials, the internationally acclaimed Puzzle Theater delivers awordless, poetic tribute to the beauty and fragility of existence.

Recommended for adults and all ages 10 and up.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

1500 East Lake Street
Minneaolis, MN
hobt.org/performances-2/ta-da/
612-721-2535

Bruce Silcox

The Way of the Monarch

Laurie Witzkowski

March 3, 2018
10 a.m. and 12 noon
$5 Children $3 Adults

The Way of the Monarch follows the spectacular metamorphosis and migration of the monarch butterfly. This beloved creature transforms from egg to larva to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly to international traveler. Performed in Spanish - children love puppets in any language!

Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, GA
puppet.org/programs/family-series/
404.873.3391

Photo: Richard Parsons

The Wizard of Oz

Frisch Marionettes of Cincinnati, OH

March 6 - 18, 2018
See website for dates and times
$19.50

Celebrate America’s rich musical heritage as Dorothy travels down the Yellow Brick Road to find out why the Lion, the Tinman, and the Strawman are all singing the Blues.

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT
bimp.uconn.edu
860-486-8580
Faye Dupras as Trudy with Harold the Caterpillar in I Spy Butterfly

I Spy Butterfly

Faye Dupras

March 24, 2018
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Ticket Prices: Adults: $12; Members/Seniors $10; Students: $8; Kids: $6 (12 years and under)

How does a nature-loving explorer kid become a bug's best friend? Find out in this delightful eco-story about the ways we all grow and change. When Trudy's caterpillar friend Harold suddenly transforms into a chrysalis, she's determined to do the same. Just when she is about to give up hope, she learns that her tiny friend needs her now more than ever. Live music, colorful critters, and oodles of audience interaction make this show a fun ecological romp in the wild! This show is 45 minutes long and is recommended for ages 3+ (but all ages are welcome to attend!).

Mayo Street Arts

Arabian Nights: The Porter’s Tale

Jeff Gere

March 30, 2018
7pm
$15 adv / $20 door

Honolulu based master storyteller and puppeteer Jeff Gere performs a piece originally commissioned by the Honolulu Museum of Art to celebrate and open the Doris Duke Islamic Museum in Honolulu. Responding to the Iraq War, THE PORTERS TALE depicts several stories within stories (how 3 one-eyed men lost their eyes) revealing the pulp fiction genius of these age old tales.

Content Warning: Adult: includes violence, extreme characters and situations

Touring North America

for tour dates go to www.dinosaurzoolive.us
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Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live on tour across North America

Christopher Waits

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live National Tour

Created by Erth Visual & Physical, Sydney, Australia

October 24, 2017 - April 27, 2018
see website for dates and times
$10 - $50

Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour that begins in pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide - but don’t! Because you won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia. While it may indeed have been 65 million years in the making, we think you’ll agree, it’s well worth the wait.

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