Main Stage Productions
- THE BREAD & PUPPET THEATRE PERFORMANCE
- PUPPET CABARETS
- 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.
The next Puppet Cabaret is Friday, August 11 at 8pm! Learn more!
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.
Bread and Puppet Theater Visit
The 6000 Generation Circus
October 6 – 7, 2018
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 6000 Generation Circus.
The circus started 6000 generations ago when a 2-legged mythological beast invented language & with it claimed humanity. The claim continues, but the humanity is in question.
The organized crime which is called politics continues to devastate its own kind as well as the mountains & the valleys of the original luxury planet & as disparity grows the manufacture of the planet’s doom accelerates.
The circus is one of the many human protests that must unify into one cry & revolution in order to draw the proper consequences from the 6000 generations.
February 15 – March 2, 2018
Directed by Steve Ackerman
Wizards and Witches! Mages and Monsters! Ogres and Orcs! Beasts and Brutes!
Good evening adventurers...or should I say...fools! (Throws head back in laughter) Mwahahahahaha! I ask you...Are you ready to risk it all? Hmmm? Are you feeling strong enough to do battle with a 2 story tall disgruntled cyclops? Are you ready to risk your very lives for your fellow adventurer, be it elf, thief, or 2/3 barbarian, 3/5 dwarf bard warlock? Now, I must warn you....This quest is not for the faint of heart. Do you get easily queasy at the sight of really really really ugly orcs with gross drippy snot dribbling down their bumpy-orcy googly moogly face?! Then get out! Run! Flee! Now! Save yourself! Because there's going to be a lot of weird booger-y orc-y stuff in this!!! But for those who are brave and true and say words like "hence" and "yore" and "flagon", step forth and be prepared for an adventure like no other.
Puppet Lab 2019
In the Heart of the Beast Theatre’s emerging artist incubator facilitated by Alison Heimstead is celebrating 8 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. More info coming soon!
Volunteer to be an usher for a Puppet Lab performance.
Previous Mainstage Performances
2015, 2013, 2002
2016, 2014, 2012, 2008, 2007, 2006
December 2010 & 2001
2006, 2005, 2004