2016 - 2017 Season

  • MUSIC ANIMATED - Dreamland Faces

upcoming shows medium

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.



Co-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. See the Before-You-Go Guide

Tickets: $15
Children: $8

Buy your tickets HERE

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

MSAB, Legacy Amendment, MRAC, Jim Henson Foundation, Puppeteers of America logos

Shari Aronson is a Fiscal Year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Music Animated: A Puppet Concert Series


The Music Animated concert series returns for its second installment, which features the Minnesota-based duo Dreamland Faces. Bart Buch directs as puppeteers Seth Eberle, Masanari Kawahara, Angela Olson, and Laurie Witzkowski join the band onstage, creating a spectacle similar to a live music video or a musician accompanying a silent film.

The wordless chronicle delves into the history of South Minneapolis as visual echoes of the past are synchronized with the music. Dreamland Faces drives the narrative with mesmerizing compositions that conjure forgotten scenes by way of accordion, cello, piano, coronet, and musical saw.

Directed by Bart Buch
Music by Dreamland Faces

Co-presented by In the Heart of the Beast & Music Animated

Tickets: Adults $15, Seniors $10, Youth $5

Buy your tickets HERE

Thursday, Feb. 23 - 7:30pm
Friday, Feb. 24 - 7:30pm
Saturday Feb. 25 - 2:00pm (all ages matinee!)
Saturday Feb. 25 - 7:30pm

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.

Image by Zan Tomko
Image by Zan Tomko

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

Tickets on sale soon

Learn more about Puppet Lab

Action Sequence

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!!!

GIFT CERTIFICATES to our productions can be purchased by emailing boxoffice@hobt.org

Previous Mainstage Performances

Music Animated: A Puppet Concert Series featuring Dosh

October 2016



Basement Creatures

March 2016

The Story of Crow Boy

February 2016

Between the Worlds

2015, 2013, 2002

La Natividad

2014, 2012, 2008, 2007, 2006


January 2014

La Guadalupana/Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 2013

Kid Enkidu

Jan-Feb 2013


October 2012

Winter Dreams

December 2011

La Befana

December 2010 & 2001

A Path Home

November 2009

Beneath the Surface

2009, 2008

Decorate the Well in Gratitude

July 2008

Come to the Well

March 2007

A Company of Angels

2006, 2005, 2004

GOTAMA: A Journey to the Buddha

February 2006

The Pink Dress

November 2005

Lake Street Excavations

March 2005

Wild Swans

December 2003

From the Inside Out

March 2003

Queen Nanny, Queen Nanny!

January 2003

Seed: Awesome Vessel of Power

September 2002

Befriended by the Enemy

March 2002

The Nightingale

February 2002

City Rhapsody

November 2000

Gyre: Song for a Millennium

December 1999

The Reaper’s Tale

October 1989

Table, Table


A Life of HOH


Shoes of Infant Light