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.
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
Fulfillingness' Rebirth by Chamindika Wanduragala
Chamindika Wanduragala explores the conflict surrounding an artist who becomes a mother through shadow puppet stop-motion animation.
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.
Created and directed 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.
Tickets $15 ($12 students)
Thursday, June 15th, 8pm
Friday, June 16th, 8pm
Saturday, June 17th, 8pm
Sunday, June 18, 2pm
Thursday, June 22nd, 8pm
Friday, June 23rd, 8pm
Saturday, June 24th, 8pm
Saturday, June 24th, Midnight
Recommended for ages 10+
The Story of Crow Boy
The Story of Crow Boy explores the difficult life yet compassionate vision of artist Taro Yashima. Yashima was imprisoned and tortured in the militarized fervor of Japan just prior to WWII and then faced discrimination in the USA as a Japanese émigré. Somehow despite such human brutality, he developed an ongoing faith in the sanctity of all peoples. This production draws on his autobiographical and fictional books including the Caldecott Award-winning CROW BOY (1955) about a young boy who learns to sing the “voices of crows” in defiance of his years of being bullied.
This production was named one of the 10 best plays of 2016 by Graydon Royce of the StarTribune and is back by popular demand for a special three day run July 13 - 15, 2017.
Created by Masanari Kawahara, Sandy Spieler, Steven Epp and Momoko Tanno.
Previous Mainstage Performances
2015, 2013, 2002
2014, 2012, 2008, 2007, 2006
December 2010 & 2001
2006, 2005, 2004