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.
Music Animated: A Puppet Concert Series
Featuring DREAMLAND FACES
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.
March Puppet Cabaret!
Saturday, March 4 at 9pm.
A cabaret of puppet shows by the Minnesota puppet community, with live music and a cash bar! Come see puppets big and small, hairy and smooth, bitter and sweet, intelligent and stupid, war and peace, crude and cruder. As always, when puppets are involved, adult content may arise. Coordinated by Steve Ackerman.
MC: Dhann Polnau
Including performances by:
Tickets: $10 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Cash bar sponsored by CRAVE Restaurant.
Puppet Lab 2016-17
The 2017 Puppet Lab performances feature brand new experimental work by four local emerging artists: Patty Gille, Madeline Helling, Allison Osberg, and Chamindika Wanduragala. After an intensive fellowship program that paired each artist with a mentor, these works are now ready for the main stage! Program Director: Alison Heimstead
Week 1 - March 17 & 18 at 7:30pm, March 19 at 2:30pm TICKETS
Fufilingness' Rebirth by Chamindika Wanduragala
Chamindika Wanduragala explores the conflict surrounding an artist who becomes a mother, inviting audience members to join her in a participatory and cathartic experience.
Brothers by Madeline Helling
Two brothers take over their parents’ estate and discover that the demographics of the neighborhood are shifting, so they devise a plan to build a wall to keep the neighbors out.
Week 2 - March 24 & 25 at 7:30pm, March 26 at 2:30pm TICKETS
Bipolar Lite by Patty Gille
Bipolar Lite is a colorful variety show featuring puppets, masks, and slapstick performances that reflect Gille’s experiences and challenges living a bipolar life.
Mythomania by Allison Osberg
Mythomania is a fairly factual study of our post-truth world, told through the eyes of a sweet potato.
This program is generously funded by the Jerome Foundation. All photos by Bruce Silcox. L-R: Gille, Helling, Osberg, and Wanduragala.
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