Brothers of Invention
This bunraku-style puppet play tells the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright as they dream, experiment, fail and succeed on their path to solving the problem of human flight. The show's development was inaugurated during a artist in residency at the UChicago Performance Lab, culminating in a workshop performance for the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Its further development will be supported by a Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant and the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, with many opportunities for interested supporters and presenting venues to partner in the process.
Luigi Bullooney's Circus Menagerie
See the Butterfly Lady and the Bear Boy, the Strong Man and the Misfit Clown. Come to the puppet circus where all manner of strange and delightful characters come to life. Hosted with pizzazz by Luigi Bullooney, the alter ego of a certain well-known puppeteer, under the small big top filled with wonder.
Rikki Tikki Tavi
This unique puppet adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic short story weaves a tale of loyalty and valor as it brings to life unforgettable characters. A brave young mongoose arrives in a garden overrun with conniving cobras. Rikki musters all his courage and skill to protect the people and animals who befriend him. Enchantingly told using hand puppets, rod puppets, and masks within a lush landscape of leaves, trees and original music, Rikki Tikki Tavi is filled with a richness that will captivate and delight audiences young and old. Performed across the Midwest, including at the Art Institute of Chicago as part of the 2015 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival.
A finely-crafted puppet show about a boy who has an unusually beastly side – he's quite a bear when he gets mad! He meets some strange and comical characters who help him find a way to be himself without being a terror to those around him. Funny and meaningful, this original story will entertain, delight, and offer one way of dealing with a particularly overwhelming temper.