Main Stage Productions

11Each year we produce original, company-generated plays for both families and adults. Using visual, musical and movement narratives, in addition to words, HOBT translates complex issues of mind and society into images that breathe with soul and spirit.

2014-2015 Performance Schedule

February-March 2015

PuppetLab 2015

HOBT’s new artist incubator PuppetLab is back, and celebrating 5 years of radical, genre-expanding, boundary-pushing work. Join us in the Avalon Theater for two weekends of experimental performance from four emerging puppeteers. The 2015 PuppetLab artists are Davey T Steinman, Lelis Brito, Jeong Ae Neal, and Shari Aronson. Curated by Alison Heimstead.

Tickets: $12
Week 1 shows are family friendly. Tickets are $8 for children 12 and under (5+ recommended).
Week 1: February 27 – March 1 at 7:30pm.
Week 2: March 6 – 8 at 8pm.

PuppetLab 2015 Week 1: February 27-March 1, 7:30pm

Princess Bari
Jeong Ae Neal
A Korean folktale, retold. Princess Bari is the tale of a young woman abandoned, abused, and walked to the edge of death. Then! Miraculous recovery! Resurrected and returned to the living.

Shari Aronson
A glowing magnification of mitosis, through the eyes of mother and child. This blacklight performance of cell division illuminates the true marvels happening inside us all and features music by improvisational vocalists/composers Mankwe Ndosi and Libby Turner-Opanga.

PuppetLab 2015 Week 2: March 6-8, 8pm

Basement Creatures
Davey T Steinman and Company
This wild rock opera follows the journey of a subterranean explorer. Featuring a stellar band, haunting choral voices, aerial arts, video manipulation, and puppetry peculiarities from the underworld.

Lelis Brito
A meditation on the long life of rocks and the short life of people, this movement-driven piece plunges the audience into a world of puppets, kinesthetic sculptures, an altered voice chorus, and oozing dancers.

December 2014

La Natividad: de Acuerdo a San Mateo y San Lucas
The Nativity: According to St. Matthew and St. Luke

La Natividad at HOBT

photo: Bruce Silcox

We’re taking the Nativity Story to the Streets!

Angels and shepherds. A suspicious king. A time of social distress. A pregnant woman knocks on the doors of the city, seeking shelter. Who is it that gathers to welcome the little one into this world? This is the Christmas Story, the story of the Holy Child born in our midst. This unique event honors the Mexican tradition of La Posada, leading everyone on a journey to four sites in our community. Enacted with beauty, humor, soulful live music, and an ending feast. (Performed in English and Spanish)

Ángeles y pastores. Un rey sospecho. Un momento de angustia social. Una mujer embarazada va de puerta en puerta por la ciudad, pidiendo posada. ¿Quiénes se reunirán para recibir al chiquito que llegará al mundo? Esta es la historia de la Natividad, la historia del niño santo nacido entre nosotros. Presentado en colaboración con la Iglesia Luterana de San Pablo, este evento único honra la tradición mexicana de las posadas. Caminaremos a la luz da las velas a varios lugares de nuestra comunidad. Imbuido de belleza y humor, con música en vivo y una fiesta con comida. (En inglés y español).

Presented in Partnership with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Directed by Sandy Spieler

Musical Direction by Laurie Witzkowski

Performances: 6:30pm (lasts 2 hrs including fiesta)
Dec. 11, 13-14, 2014 (Thurs., Sat.-Sun.)
Dec. 18-21, 2014 (Thurs.-Sat.)

Please note: Audiences must be mobile and dressed appropriately for the outdoors. The procession is 2 blocks long, beginning at In the Heart of the Beast’s Avalon Theatre (1500 E. Lake St., Mpls) and culminating at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with a fiesta (music and food). Space is limited; the show is often sold out, but tickets may still be available 10-15 minutes prior to shows.

Tickets: Adults – $22; Children and Groups of 10 or more – $16


Past Performances

HOBT Mainstage Productions