Main Stage Productions
2017 - 2018 Season
- ACTION SEQUENCE
- THE STORY OF CROW BOY
- MAKE BELIEVE NEIGHBORHOOD
- PUPPET LAB
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.
For questions regarding ticketing, or to purchase tickets to a show, contact the Box Office at 612-540-5365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make Believe Neighborhood
“I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you. I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.”
The Neighborhood of Make-Believe honors the legacy of Fred Rogers (creator of the children’s television show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood) and celebrates the ordinary people who do extraordinary work to make our own neighborhood a brighter, healthier, friendlier place. Director Bart Buch combines puppets, music, and visual imagery to tell the story of Neighborhood Helpers in our own South Minneapolis communities – people who hold up the light through common-sense work every day. Join us as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and shine a light on some of the wonderful people we have called neighbors.
February 1 - 25, 2018
Tickets are now on sale!
We are happy to offer discounted tickets for school matinees on Thursday February 8th, 15th, and 22nd.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Each quarter we host a puppet variety show.
Join us for an evening of new, short, experimental, weird, borderline 'artistic' puppet acts from Twin Cities artists with live music and booze. Expect a sense of "wait, what did I just watch?" mixed with a dismissive, guttural "huh?!" followed by a "I mean, I guess..." finished with a "I suppose puppets are one way to go with your life." Anything could happen in these late-night, low brow evenings MCd by Dhann Polnau and coordinated by Steve Ackerman. As always, when puppets are involved, adult content may arise.
The October Cabaret was co-presented by HOBT and BareBones Productions. Thanks to everyone who came out!
Puppet Lab 2018
In the Heart of the Beast Theatre’s new artist incubator facilitated by Alison Heimstead is celebrating 7 years of radical, genre-expanding, boundary–pushing work. Join us in March for two weekends of experimental performance from four emerging puppeteers generously funded by the Jerome Foundation.
We are excited to announce our 2017-18 Puppet Lab cohort!
Michele Spaise and Elle Thoni were selected as individual artists.
Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra and Magdalena Kaluza will be collaborating, as will Shelby Richardson and Jay Owen Eisenberg.
Read more about the Puppet Lab program.
Previous Mainstage Performances
2015, 2013, 2002
2016, 2014, 2012, 2008, 2007, 2006
December 2010 & 2001
2006, 2005, 2004