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


145 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY

Photo: Sandra Gunderson

Point Pleasant *

The Unitards

October 5 - 21, 2017
Tue-Sat @ 7pm (except 10/12)
Saturdays & Sundays @ 2pm

On November 15, 1966, two young couples from Point Pleasant, West Virginia encountered; what they described as a large winged man with glowing red eyes. This would be the first of many sightings of the creature that would be dubbed the “Mothman” by local papers, and ushered in a year of terror for the small town. A year that would not only be marked by several sightings of the creature, but a rash of other strange occurrences of aerial phenomena, strange noises, prophetic visions, bizarre phone calls, disappearances, and the convergence of shadowy figures in black suits and hats on the community.

Based on the actual eyewitness accounts, The Unitards weave a tale of fear, confusion, paranoia and sadness along with dark humor. A sensory experience of music, light, sound and puppetry. A theater experience much like the story itself; strange, disorienting and beautiful. Audiences are thrust into a black and white world, in a time long past, in a town you've never heard of where something extraordinary happened.

“A show that oozed of creative and experimental unfolding...An experience worthy of David Lynch cinema.” -Maria P. Heger, Lofot-Tidende

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2017) and Workshop Grant (2014)

La MaMa, The Downstairs

66 E 4th Street
New York, NY


Directed by Ping Chong & Ryan Conarro

October 12 - 29, 2017
October 12-14 - 7:00pm
October 15 - 2:00pm
October 16 - 7:00pm
October 18-21 - 7:00pm
October 22 - 2:00pm
October 25 - 7:00pm
October 27 - 7:00pm
October 28 - 2:00pm & 7:00pm
October 29 - 2:00pm

ALAXSXA | ALASKA is a theatrical collage of multimedia, puppetry, and Central Yup’ik drum and dance, illuminating striking moments of cross-cultural encounter in the epic, changing landscapes of Alaska.

Directed by Ping Chong and Ryan Conarro, ALAXSXA | ALASKA features Conarro and Gary Upay’aq Beaver (Central Yup’ik), along with puppeteer Justin Perkins. The three performers use movement and puppetry to reveal a series of little-known historical narratives of collisions between people and cultures in Alaska. These histories--at times humorous, at times tragic--juxtapose against Beaver and Conarro’s own personal memories as "insider" and "outsider" in the Last Frontier.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2017), Workshop Grant (2016) & Presenters Grant (2017)

BAM Fisher

321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY

Mementos Mori *

Manual Cinema

October 18 - 21, 2017
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 7:30pm
Saturday - 7:30pm & 10:00pm
Tickets starting at $25

Hands dance across seven vintage overhead projectors, moving tiny paper birds through a cellophane sky. Combining analog craftsmanship and digital dexterity, the Chicago-based performance collective Manual Cinema engineers a live movie before the audience’s eyes in Mementos Mori, a meditation on death and ephemerality. Integrating actors, props, two cameras, three screens, a live score for chamber ensemble and electronics, and hundreds of paper shadow puppets, this miracle of joyful cine-nostalgia follows Death as she washes up on the California shore, trades her scythe for an iPhone app, and wanders Hollywood, swiping loss and unexpected connection into the otherwise disparate lives of a ghost, a seven-year-old girl, and an elderly projectionist.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Production Grant (2015) and Presenters Grant (2017)


145 6th Ave
New York, NY
212-647-0202 x316

Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Ontological Puppet Show: The Toy Becomes A Weapon *

Kalan Sherrard / enormousface

October 26 - 28, 2017
Thu-Sat @ 7pm
Saturday @ 10:30pm

A seething experimental landscape of bizarre possibility, this anarchist nihilist philosophy puppet show has toured Europe and the Americas, from Oslo to Buenos Aires, from gutters to galleries, morphing slowly like the singing of a whale. Death stalks the garden and unmasked beings belch forth inverted offspring as God devours the sun.

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

La MaMa E.T.C. (First Floor Theatre)

74 East Fourth Street (betw. Bowery and 2nd Ave.)
New York CIty, NY
Vit Horejs as KGB Agent and parodies of Mortimer Snerd and Laura dummies

Jonathan Slaff

The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald *

Presented by La MaMa in association with GOH Productions, and as a co-production of Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, a resident company at La MaMa, and Theatre Kapow of New Hampshire.

November 2 - 19, 2017
7:30PM- Thursdays to Saturdays
3:00PM- Sundays
$10- $21

In the era of alternative truth, it is timely to revisit three 1960s national traumas which are shrouded in dense cobwebs of multiple conspiracy theories: the assassinations of President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King. To elucidate them with puppet theater wisdom, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre ( revisits these tragedies in "The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald," conceived, written and directed by Vít Horejš. The piece represents the main protagonists as a peculiar cross between Greek tragic figures and stock characters from traditional puppet murder mysteries.

The Kennedy brothers and King, portrayed by puppets, are dramatized as inexorably approaching the Grassy Knoll through their lives, guided by fate, as marionettes are pulled by their strings. A chorus of all-American cheerleaders, FBI, KGB and talent agents warn them in vain to avoid the path of destruction. A score of '60s hits, military anthems and sound effects, played on Wurlitzer organ and percussion, comments on the action and guides the stringed players through their unavoidable life changing acts.

Running time: 99 minutes. Critics are invited on or after November 3 (JFK Day).

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

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


145 6th Ave
New York, NY
Lake Simons in Tree Pop

Dylan Griffin

Tree Pop, An Imaginative Pageant Amongst the Pines-An Ode to Friends That Leave & Objects That Speak *

Lake Simons & John Dyer

November 30 - December 10, 2017
Tue-Sat @ 7pm
Sundays @ 2pm

We share our small community of eccentric characters in our very own pretend outcrop on the side of a mountain far far away. Our train conductor welcomes you to travel around the tiny town and through the woods on a miniature train, which runs around the perimeter of our playing area - In the center trees grow, dance, and walk around, a poet houses a family of displaced birds in his beard, a woman lifts off the ground in her pigeon shoes, and a creature lurks.
Created by Lake Simons and John Dyer

BAM Fisher

321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY

Suddenly *

Directed by: Zvi Sahar, PuppetCinema

December 6 - 9, 2017
tickets starting at $25

Amid the sun-glinted spires of a forsaken Gotham, a storyteller gets the ultimate assignment. In this gritty puppet cinema epic adapted from Tel Aviv-based writer Etgar Keret’s darkly funny short story collection Suddenly, A Knock on the Door, Israeli director Zvi Sahar and PuppetCinema (Salt of the Earth, 2014 Next Wave) employ cameras, puppets, and object theater to immerse audiences in a dystopian world where competing narratives lend calm to the chaos. Mountains of rusted metals and ruins form the disenchanted landscape in which a writer must create, no matter the cost, ultimately finding freedom in the depths of his fiction.

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


145 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY

Symphonie Fantastique *

Basil Twist

March 29 - May 31, 2018
Tue - Sat @ 8:30pm
Saturdays & Sundays @ 4pm

Twenty years ago in 1998, Basil Twist debuted his boundary-breaking response to Berlioz’s 1830 "Symphonie Fantastique" to universal acclaim, inaugurating HERE's intimate Dorothy B. Williams Theatre. In the two decades since Symphonie Fantastique's premiere, Basil Twist has become an internationally recognized artist in opera, ballet, and on Broadway, and has won countless awards including the illustrious MacArthur Fellowship. Twist will revisit his legendary masterpiece as part of HERE’s 25th Anniversary Season. In this revival, accompanied live by a virtuosic pianist playing the exquisite Liszt transcription, Symphonie floats and swirls in a 1,000-gallon water tank neatly disguised as a puppet stage. For the many who never saw it, and for those who relish seeing it again and again, the return of this tour de force to HERE is the event of the season.

* Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Presenters Grant (2017), Production Grant (1998) and Workshop Grant (1996)


509 Atlantic Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

Headless Wolf

Nami Yamamoto

October 25 - 27, 2017

Choreographer Nami Yamamoto presents Headless Wolf, a new work about learning to find the beauty in both life and death. Headless Wolf draws from her own experience of becoming a mother within close proximity of losing her father.

Dancers – Johanna S. Meyer, Mina Nishimura, Leah Ogawa
Puppeteer – Matt Acheson
Musicians – Matt Heyner (drum), Sean Meehan (drum)
Lighting – Asami Morita

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
Thursday, October 26th, 7:30 pm

(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.

Peter Norton Symphony Space

2537 Broadway
New York, NY
Bunraku puppet in performance in Osaka.

Photo by Hisao Kawahara.

AGES OF ENCHANTMENT: JPA Cultural Repertoires 2017

Japan Performing Arts, Inc.

October 28, 2017
$40 general admission (day of show) $30 (advance sale) Students (high school & college) $25 (day of show), $18 (advance sale) Student ID required for box office purchases only. Child/Senior $25 (day o

The enchanting dance styles of Iwami Kagura and Nihon Buyo, a world-acclaimed Bunraku puppet troupe and a fashion show of wedding kimonos will be featured in "Ages Of Enchantment: JPA Cultural Repertoires 2017," a showcase of Japanese performing arts and culture, October 28, 2017 at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street). The event is presented by Japan Performing Arts Inc. (JPA), a cultural organization founded and led by choreographer Yuko Hamada, who curates the evening.

It's meant to be a splendid introduction or re-introduction to high folk arts of Japan’s Osaka, Akita and Shimane prefectures. Detailed explanations together with photo and video projections will be offered before each live performance in order to promote better understanding of these unique features of Japanese culture. The evening was inspired by the success of a similar evening that was offered by Japan Performing Arts, Inc. in 2015 at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. The program will be presented at Symphony Space to bring it to a wider audience. Nevertheless, audience members are advised to buy tickets early, since space will actually be limited: 300 of the more than 750 seats will be offered free to New York City public schools, community organizations, and charities.

Performances will showcase five classic Japanese arts disciplines:

The first is Bunraku Puppet Theater, an Osaka Tradition Bunraku, a centuries-old style of Japanese puppet theater. It is very popular in Osaka. It has been designated by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Bunraku makes its return to New York after its debut in the city 25 years ago. Bunraku is typically performed with puppets on a wide stage, accompanied by highly-expressive chanting by a tayu, an oral storyteller, ningyoshi or puppeteers and musician playing a shimasen, a three-string instrument. In this special performance, only three puppeteers -- Kanichi Yoshida, Montake Kiritake and Tamahiko Yoshida – will perform.

Usually, the Bunraku performers do not interact with audiences, but before their segment, they will discuss Bunraku’s 400-year-old techniques. They will explain how they work together. (The first puppeteer operates the body and right hand of the puppet, the second one operates the left hand, and the third member moves the legs).

Ars Nova

511 West 54th st.
New York, NY

Claron Hayden


Hit The Lights! Theater Company

November 11, 2017

A young man falls into the unknown to rescue the thing he holds most dear, his sister. Inspired by kabuki, video games, horror movies and Pixar shorts, DUNGEON builds a world where darkness speaks louder than the light. Appropriate for ages 8+.

Hit The Lights! Theater Company is an award-winning company created out of an artistic agreement to tell simple stories through unconventional ways. Using found materials, cardboard and various sources of light, HTL! specializes in the transformation of the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Laurie Beechman Theatre

407 W 42nd Street
New York, NY

Photo: Israel David Groveman, Image: Ron Jaffe

What Just Happened? An Adult Cabaret with Leslie Carrara-Rudolph

Leslie Carrara-Rudolph

November 18, 2017
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. $20 cover charge and $20 food/drink minimum. (The last 2 performances have sold out. Be sure to go to the link to reserve).

Leslie Carrara-Rudolph takes a break from Sesame Street to perform her ADULT cabaret! With music, stories and unexpected whimsy, anything can happen! Featuring Michael Hicks on piano.

Break the Yom Kippur fast with an evening of joy and laughter!

Can't make it on September 30th? Join us November 18th when Leslie takes the stage again.

Museum of the Moving Image

The Jim Henson Exhibition

Museum of the Moving Image

starting July 22, 2017
Wednesday-Thursday 10:30am-5:00pm
Friday 10:30am-8:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-6:00pm

Opening Saturday July 22, 2017

The Jim Henson Exhibition explores Henson's groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture. This new exhibition features approximately 300 objects to tell the story of how Henson and a talented team of designers, performers, and writers created an unparalleled body of work that continues to delight and inspire people of all ages. Among the highlights are nearly 50 puppets including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Gobo Fraggle, and Wendell Porcupine; character sketches, storyboards, scripts, and photographs; and nearly 30 monitors with video clips from throughout his career and three large-scale video installations.

Dixon Place

Puppet Blok * - The Marooned ~PLUS~ Not in the Cards ~PLUS~ OOO: Out of Office ~PLUS~ Place (No) Place

Josh Rice ~PLUS~ Chris Carcione ~PLUS~ Emma Wiseman & Emily Zemba ~PLUS~ Lisa Gonzales & Tom Lee

October 23, 2017
$15 in advance, $18 at the door, $12 Students/Seniors/idNYC

The Marooned is an absurdist puppet theatre piece that takes place on the roof of a submerged house in the middle of a vast, empty seascape. Inspired by the writings of Samuel Beckett and the silent film clowns of the 1920’s, the piece explores depression and loneliness. Using bunraku-style puppetry, a table-top toy theatre set, and live-feed projection, The Marooned uses surreal and fantastical imagery to explore the enormity of emptiness.

Using shadow puppetry and a deck of playing cards, Not in the Cards, tells the story of a detective who finds himself at the center of the most disarming case of his storied career. As he sifts through the crime scene and his case files to find clues, the finger of guilt seems to point in the most unlikely direction.

OOO: Out Of Office takes place in the corporate world. Two office workers face calamity through the lens of business emails and office supplies. Day-to-day language is exposed as poetry. Familiar context falls away. The bulk of the text in the piece is taken word-for-word from emails received by the performers.

A dance work with integrated video, set, and puppetry by dancer/choreographer Lisa Gonzales and designer Tom Lee, PLACE (No Place) investigates the relationship between place and being, and unfolds in a constructed, immersive, environment. The piece conjures place in a way that illuminates and eulogizes connection and loss within a constantly shifting ecosystem through movement, shadow, video projection, and objects. Gonzales and Lee draw upon their own experiences with memory and loss while fostering each audience member’s sense of connection to, or disconnection from, places present and lost. Developed through a residency at High Concept Labs in Chicago, IL.

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

Dixon Place

Puppet Blok * - Antrak ~PLUS~ Hero's House ~PLUS~ The Rest of it ~PLUS~ Flowers in Space

Shayna Strype ~PLUS~ Lake Simons & Matt Acheson ~PLUS~ Chris Green ~PLUS~ Patti Bradshaw

October 25, 2017
$15 in advance, $18 at the door, $12 Students/Seniors/idNYC

When internal navigation fails, a lost ant resorts to traveling cross-country by “Antrak” train. This Studs-Terkel-Wannabe journeys into the unknown buoyed by the grandeur of American landscapes, the fleeting intimacy of conversations with strangers, and a deep desire to understand what is going on beyond the colony. Shayna Strype constructs this story through manipulated cardboard objects, puppetry, live feed projection, and footage from interviews conducted with Amtrak passengers across the US.

Using fragile materials, our hero begins to construct and reconstruct shelter as she attempts to find security. Odds are against our hero, but don’t tell her that.

Experimental puppet choreography devised over the course of an afternoon with puppeteers Chris Green, Pepper Fajans, and Rowan Magee and captured in a video with original music by C. Green.

Sandwiched between two World Wars, Florine and her sisters, Carrie (dollhouse maker) and Ettie (writer), managed a privileged, artistic life defined by cultural salons for eccentric characters while the lives of many were filled with suffering. Focusing specifically on Florine, the shy and sophisticated personality who loved Nijinsky and Marcel Duchamp and worked with Gertrude Stein, her paintings serve as snapshots of their time couched in highly editorial artifice. This performance brings to life the contrast between these simultaneously existing worlds in a live dreamlike painting with truthful and metaphorical commentary by parrot and blooming flower puppets.

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

New World Stages

340 West 50th Street
New York, NY

Photo: Carol Rosegg

Avenue Q

Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx (Music & Lyrics), Jeff Whitty (Book)

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 8:00pm
Saturday - 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday - 3:00pm & 7:30pm

AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There's Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fiancee Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod -- a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building's superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

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