In The Heart of the Beast’s Puppet Lab: Emerging Artists — Date Night (with kids?)

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IHOB Puppet LabPuppet Lab: Emerging Artists
In The Heart of hte Beast Puppet Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Part 1: February 28, 2014 – March 2, 2014; 8:00 p.m. 
Part 2: March 7, 2014 – March 9, 2014; 8:00 p.m.
Tickets $12.00 single night/$20.oo both weekends.
Purchase tickets here, or by calling 612-721-2535

Puppet Lab is an showcase of  puppet performances by emerging artists this week and next week.  It is the result of a six-month workshop by emerging and experimental puppet artists.  I can’t speak for other metropolitan areas, but I believe we have a really vibrant puppet community in the Twin Cities.  You can get a peak of what is coming out of this community the next two weekends.  Below is the schedule and descriptions from IHOB.  Where I could find them, I linked to the artists page, too.

Although this is most-likely aimed at adults, I think this could be a good family outing if your children are on the older side or are used to later bedtimes.  The 8:00 performance time would make it difficult for most small children and it is probably geared toward adults, although, I see nothing objectionable in the story lines.



Echo More Strongly Theo Goodell and Rachel Jendrzejewski

Echo is lost inside a piano, trying to understand where she ends and the landscape begins. What’s her essence? What’s your essence? Paper puppets, found objects, sound, light, and text branch off from the myth of Echo and Narcissus in Ovid’s Metamorphoses in search of Echo’s source. 

Moonstruck: An Improbable Romance Olli Johnson

She knows the moon is in love with her. But how does she tell the moon the love is requited? Seek the answer in this imaginarium of winding thoughts, as a love correspondence with the moon unfolds through mechanical pictures, crank-able curiosities, and story boxes.


Odyssey: The Soles’ Journey Home Seth Eberle

Follow in the footsteps of animated shoes as they leave home and journey to find their way back. Odyssey: The Soles’ Journey Home is a series of stories collected from happenings around Minneapolis/St. Paul and told through multiple forms of puppetry.

The Lie Margaret Burger

When the boy next door is thirsty, Polly busily concocts the perfect drink. Gulp, gulp, gulp. But little does she know that what happens next could yank the shadows right out of this true-life puppet opera!

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