Main Stage Productions

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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

Bread and Puppet Theater Visit

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus 

October 6 – 7, 2018

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We are happy to welcome to our stage a puppetry legacy: Bread and Puppet Theater.

Bread & Puppet Theater is an internationally celebrated company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance and slapstick. Its shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper maché and cardboard. Founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City's Lower East Side, the theater has been based in the North East Kingdom of Vermont since the early 1970s. This fall Bread and Puppet Theater presents: The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus is a celebration of 6000 generations of human revolution against human management, featuring precarious dancing bears and celestial grasshoppers, and powered as always by the hot sounds of the Bread and Puppet Circus Band.

B&P director, Peter Schumann, says of The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus: “The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus is a circus of ruthless critique of 6000 years of unhuman history and the uprisings against it, from the battle of Sempach in 1386 when 1300 peasant women and men, equipped with pitchforks and hayrakes overthrew a 4000 strong state-of-the-art army of knights, to the current battles in which ridiculously small numbers of possibilitarians underthrow -- from the toes up -- the incompetent billionaire democracy again and again.”

All photos courtesy of Bread and Puppet 

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The Way of the Monarch
The Way of the Monarch. Photo by Bruce Silcox

TaDa Saturday Puppet Shows for Kids!

Another colorful, affordable season of live SATURDAY PUPPET SHOWS FOR KIDS is coming! Every fall and winter, different artists perform engaging puppet shows at 10 a.m. and 12 noon.  A great alternative to screen time, these performances will delight kids of all ages! Additionally, Make ‘n’ Take workshops are offered at 11 a.m. each Saturday morning where participants create a puppet in the theme of the day’s show.

WHEN: Oct 6 - Dec 15, 2018!

WHERE: All shows in our cozy theatre lobby

*First show of the month is performed in Spanish. You’ll find children love puppets regardless of language!

Tickets are $7 suggested donation ($2 suggested donation for residents of Powderhorn and Phillips Neighborhoods). Click here for more information and our season lineup. 

Puppet Lab 2019

Puppet Lab is our emerging artist incubator. Facilitated by Alison Heimstead, this program is entering its 8th year of radical, genre-expanding, boundary-pushing work.

Four emerging puppet artists have received the $2,500 Puppet Lab grant: AkikoTara Fahey, Kallie Melvin, and Andrew Young. Going into its eighth year, previous Puppet Lab recipients include Daniel Polnau, Eben Kowler, Chamindika Wanduragala, and Steve Ackerman.

Puppet Lab creates space for emerging puppet and mask theater artists to advance their artistic development – to test and create new works within a supportive and challenging workshop environment.

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Join us in March 15-17 and 22-24 for two weekends of experimental performance from four emerging puppeteers generously funded by the Jerome Foundation. 

Learn more about PuppetLab

Volunteer to be an usher for a Puppet Lab performance. 

GIFT CERTIFICATES to our productions can be purchased by emailing

Previous Mainstage Performances

Puppet Lab 2018

March 2018

Make Believe Neighborhood

February 2018

Action Sequence

June 2017

Music Animated featuring Dreamland Faces

February 2017

Music Animated: A Puppet Concert Series featuring Dosh

October 2016



Basement Creatures

March 2016

The Story of Crow Boy

February 2016

Between the Worlds

2015, 2013, 2002

La Natividad

2016, 2014, 2012, 2008, 2007, 2006


January 2014

La Guadalupana/Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 2013

Kid Enkidu

Jan-Feb 2013


October 2012

Winter Dreams

December 2011

La Befana

December 2010 & 2001

A Path Home

November 2009

Beneath the Surface

2009, 2008

Decorate the Well in Gratitude

July 2008

Come to the Well

March 2007

A Company of Angels

2006, 2005, 2004

GOTAMA: A Journey to the Buddha

February 2006

The Pink Dress

November 2005

Lake Street Excavations

March 2005

Wild Swans

December 2003

From the Inside Out

March 2003

Queen Nanny, Queen Nanny!

January 2003

Seed: Awesome Vessel of Power

September 2002

Befriended by the Enemy

March 2002

The Nightingale

February 2002

City Rhapsody

November 2000

Gyre: Song for a Millennium

December 1999

The Reaper’s Tale

October 1989

Table, Table


A Life of HOH


Shoes of Infant Light