2016 - 2017 Season
- MUSIC ANIMATED - Dosh
- LA NATIVIDAD
- MUSIC ANIMATED - Dreamland Faces
- PUPPET LAB
- ACTION SEQUENCE
Each year we produce original, company-generated plays for both families and adults. Using visual, musical and movement narratives, in addition to words, In the Heart of the Beast translates complex issues of mind and society into images that breathe with soul and spirit.
December 15 - December 22, 2016
Were 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. Pauls Lutheran Church
Directed by Sandy Spieler
Musical Direction by Laurie Witzkowski
Children, Seniors, Students or Groups of 10 or more: $17
----No one turned away for Lack of Funds----
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Thursday, December 15 6:30 PM
Friday, December 16 6:30 PM*
Saturday, December 17 6:30 PM
Sunday, December 18 6:30 PM
Tuesday, December 20 6:30 PM
Wednesday, December 21 6:30 PM
Thursday, December 22 6:30 PM
*ASL available on December 16th
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 Beasts Avalon Theatre (1500 E. Lake St., Mpls) and culminating at St. Pauls Lutheran Church with a fiesta (music and food).
Presented by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz & In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre
A premiere production from Minneapolis performers Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, Cellula is like a bedtime story as told by biologists. Cellula illuminates the true marvels of cell science inside us all with dazzling glow in the dark puppetry and live acapella music. This glowing magnification of mitosis features highly acclaimed improvisational vocalists Mankwe Ndosi and Libby Turner with the blacklight puppetry of award-winning performers Shari Aronson and Chris Griffith, directed by master puppeteer Kurt Hunter.
Come early for the Microscope Fun Gallery beginning one hour before each show. Explore the connections between art and science with hands-on activities with state of the art and vintage magnification devices hosted by volunteers from MN Microscopy Society, Mia and Mill City Museum.
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Friday, January 27 7pm
Saturday, January 28 2pm* and 7pm
Sunday, January 29 2pm**
Friday, February 3 7pm
Saturday, February 4 2pm* and 7pm
Sunday, February 5 2pm**
Recommended for ages 5 and up
* Saturday matinees are pay-what-you-can at the door
** All matinees are sensory-friendly
Show Length: 50 minutes - no intermission
Music Animated: A Puppet Concert Series
Featuring DREAMLAND FACES
Music Animated is a new co-produced project bringing together musicians and puppeteers to explore artistic collaboration and create concerts in which music is animated through visual imagery, puppetry, and video projections. Music Animated will feature two puppet-concerts in October 2016 with Dosh and February 2017 with Dreamland Faces.
Directed by Bart Buch
Music by Dreamland Faces
Co-presented by In the Heart of the Beast & Music Animated
Tickets on sale soon
Feb. 23 - 8:00pm
Feb. 24 - 8:00pm
Feb. 25 - 2:00pm
Feb. 25 - 8:00pm
Show Length: 70 Minutes - no intermission
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Puppet Lab 2016-17
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is excited to announce the selection of four emerging Minnesota artists to participate in the 2016-17 Puppet Lab program. Puppet Lab supports the creation and presentation of new and experimental work by emerging local artists. This will be Puppet Lab’s sixth year of generating radical, genre-expanding performances.
Emerging puppeteers Patricia Gille, Madeline Helling, Allison Osberg, and Chamindika Wanduragala will present their individual work over two weekends in March 2017.
Program Director: Alison Heimstead
March 17 - Times TBC
March 18 - Times TBC
March 24 - Times TBC
March 25 - Times TBC
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by Steve Ackerman
A propane-fueled, muscle-bound, rough and tumble, torn shirt, bloody bicep, car chasing, bar fight, coming down on that bottom rung of a helicopter, flick a lit cigarette into a pool of gasoline so that as you’re walking away in slow motion that thing that everyone in the audience wants to blow up actually blows up behind you, all ending with a cool contextually relevant tagline, homage to 1980s action movie, action sequence. But with puppets.
Coming Summer 2017!!!
Previous Mainstage Performances
2015, 2013, 2002
2014, 2012, 2008, 2007, 2006
December 2010 & 2001
2006, 2005, 2004