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Next Up: Hot Corn! Holiday Puppet Cabaret

December 13th and 14th at 7:30pm

Tickets on sale now! 

Join us for a very special evening hosted by characters from Bedlam Theatre’s beloved 2008 holiday musical, “The Turducken.”

Minnesota Theater Award winner Maren Ward returns as Mucklejean Magglepot, a delusional and hilariously inept lounge singer/Ren Fest enthusiast, alongside Bedlam icon Jon Cole, and a house band performing favorites from the original show. Experience a “caustic and brutally funny” (City Pages) romp through the dregs of the holiday season, and an array of exciting new work from a variety of the Twin Cities’ most exciting puppet performers.

With scenes and music by Josef Evans (author of the Open Eye Figure Theater hits Constance in the Darkness, To the Moon and Strumply Peter), and the debut of “The Hundred Puddings of Ganche," a momentous new puppet epic by Steve Ackerman. Plus special guests Julian McFaul!

Recommended for ages 14 and up. 
Tickets are $15 available online and at the door
ASL Interpretation on December 14th
Doors open at 6:30pm, show at 7:30pm
HOBT's bar will be open (accepts cash and cards)


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Call for Artists

Calling all puppeteers & performers: HOBT is seeking applications for our upcoming Puppet Cabaret on January 11th

As HOBT and MayDay enters a moment of metamorphosis and transformation, so does Puppet Cabaret! 

Steve Ackerman & Akiko, co-curators of Puppet Cabaret, are excited to expand the circle of cabaret artists by seeking (short!) applications for our upcoming Puppet Cabaret onJanuary 11th at 8pm! Selected artists will be given a stipend of $75 and 15 hours rehearsal/build space at In the Heart of the Beast Theatre.

January's Cabaret theme is "Going Inward." Like the caterpillar enters its cocoon, our instinct as the weather shifts is to turn inward, and wrap ourselves with warmth, comfort, and avoidance of evening social events at all costs. 

We are seeking work that explores that movement inward, with the brilliant effervescence of puppetry that inspires us to brave the cold anyway. 

Performances should be 5-10 minutes in length, and in some way, somehow, involve puppetry.  Puppetry covers a wide variety of forms, from hand, shadow, rod, finger, to crankie, cantastoria, to randomly moving around a trash bag in a poetic manner.  We are open to you challenging that definition and encourage those of all skill levels in the form to apply.  

Artists chosen will be given a stipend of $75 and 15 hrs. rehearsal/build space at In the Heart of the Beast Theatre.  Artists will also receive 2 complimentary tickets to the cabaret.

Ready to propose? Submit an online proposal here. 

Application deadline: End of Day Friday, December 13th 11:59pm

We will contact you on Tuesday, December 16th to let you know if we can include you in this event. Selections will be made by the Puppet Cabaret curators, Steve Ackerman and Akiko Ostlund.

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Submit an online proposal here. 

Application deadline: End of Day Friday, December 13th 11:59pm

Contact Steve Ackerman with any questions or assistance applying. [email protected]

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