Save the Beast campaign art (3)

$30K dollar for dollar match!

Now thru June 30th!

We are almost 2/3 to meeting our match but need your help to get there!

We are calling on our community—all those who love HOBT and the vital work we do—to “Save our Beast” and help us reach our goal to raise $70k by June 30, the end of our fiscal year

Will you lend us a hand?

Click away!

green thermometer
DEtective Chunks
Commutator Collective presents Detective Chunk, the Multiverse, and MeWritten by Marge Buckley and directed by Rosie Tabachnick.
Detective Chunk runs June 27-30 at the Avalon. All performances are at 7:30. Masks are required for the performance on Sunday, June 30. Tickets are available at
YouBone phenomenon Detective Chunk is trying to find out who murdered their Mommy. The only evidence is a jar of goop, their Neighbor Pip (suspicious), and a very specific drawing of an alien abduction from 1987 that Sigourney Weaver (their camerawoman, a cat) found in the exact spot where Mommy was murdered. Coincidence? Join this intrepid Feline-Canine Duo as they hop the multiverse to discover the pleasures of ASMR, feline polycules, and monorails, all while trying to outrun a dysphoric robot doppelganger. Y’know. Tuesday stuff.
After a sold-out run in 2021, Commutator Collective is excited to remount Detective Chunk at the Avalon Theater this summer in a production that will feature puppets sourced from the In the Heart of the Beast puppet library as well as original constructions. The 2021 production of Detective Chunk featured only one puppet, but due to inflation this new production will have at least nineteen.


August 19-23 and August 26-30    9a-12p/1p-4p

1500 East Lake Street- Avalon Theatre

Come meet friends and make puppets and stories at HOBT Summer Camp!

Kids will learn about shadow puppetry, illustrate their favorite story with a crankie, make marionettes our of recycled materials and much more!

4 separate 3-hr sessions!

ALL are welcome. Ages are a suggestion and prior experience is not required.
Suggested ages: 7-12

Half-day camp/per week - $150/per child
You can register for one session or all!
** please email Elina Kotlyar at [email protected] with any questions you might have

Untitled_Artwork (1)

Join us for Sip & Puppet!

July 20th 3:30p-5p
Join us to sip beverages while we make puppets. Relaxed atmosphere. Geared towards adults and older teens. Bring friends or meet new ones!
If you would like to host a private Sip and Puppet event, please inquire by sending an email to [email protected]

We host Birthday parties! 

Get a special story time for your birthday, build puppets or explore the masks and puppets at the Puppet Library at your private event!

Please inquire by sending an email to [email protected]

Untitled_Artwork (2)

HOBT Quick Links