Each 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.
2013-2014 Performance Schedule
Directed by Laurie Witzkowski and Esther Ouray
December 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7pm, and 15 and 22 at 3pm.
A tribute to the beauty and mystery of the winter solstice, the time of darkness when earth is dormant. Flowing with acapella choral pieces, haunting cello and guitar, lively accordion music, balafon, marimbas and flute – Between the Worlds is a river of music from start to finish. The evening moves along a ceremonial journey from vibrant color to the stark whiteness of snow, mirroring the dance of crones toward the dark curtain of death. Through puppetry and masked dance the audience and performers will celebrate the birth of the returning light. A reception with warming beverages and home-baked cookies will follow each performance.
A live-action recreation of the fictional animated series, “Tummy da Talking Turtle,” Cartooon returns to the HOBT Mainstage after drawing rave reviews in its 2013 Puppetlab premiere. Notes and apochrypha from “Tummy da Talking Turtle’s” imagined run include the following short description: “The controversial animated program ‘Tummy da Talking Turtle Sucks on Piano Keys’ was created by Earl Dives and Gerry ‘Crackjaw Sanders while sharpening their lumberjack axes in the fall of 1940. Earl was a balding Protestant with a penchant for soft whiskey. Gerry loved the smell of tar and gasoline. Knowing nothing about animation, children, or public decency, the two cobbled together a flipbook of crude dynamite related drawings. Only one episode of the show was created. It was a failure.”
Curated by Alison Heimstead
February 28-March 2, 8pm, and
March 7-9, 8pm.
PuppetLab is a bold program that supports emerging puppet artists in their quest to push outwards at the limits of figure theater.
Under the tutelage of Alison Heimstead, four artists will build original puppet shows and premiere them on our main stage in the space of six months.