Main Stage Productions

upcoming shows medium

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 Cabaret: Brave the Cold Anyway

January 18th, 7:30pm
With ASL interpretation

With the cooler temps and darker days, HOBT's January Puppet Cabaret explores the winter seasonal shift. Like the caterpillar enters its cocoon, our instinct as the weather cools is to turn inward. We wrap ourselves with warmth, comfort, and avoidance of evening social events at all costs.

Experience an evening of new works that explores that inward instinct, with the brilliant effervescence of puppetry that inspires us to brave the cold anyway. Make your way over to HOBT and warm-up with waffles, live music, and community.

Hosted by Akiko and The Woppits (Theresa Linnehan, Caitie Ryan-Norton, Alexandra Young, Laura Korynta)

Performances include:
Dolores by Katie Kaufmann
Little Flower by Renae Bonde
Clutter Forest by Thomas Boguszewski
Bike vs. Blanket Monster by Helena Howard
ISLE d PLASTIQUE (2 scenes) by The Woppits

The Woppits are an arts collective supporting womxn-identified artists by providing space for artists to discuss their projects and process and receive feedback in a supportive environment. The Woppits performances are open to all.

Coming Home to Wild: New Works on Extinction and Resilience

HOBT is thrilled to announce Coming Home to Wild: New Works on Extinction and Resilience, an evening of new works by Julie Boada, Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, and Wild Conspiracy (Elle Thoni and company).

Funded in part by NEA, the artists ask: in the face of extinction and climate catastrophe, what do our ancestors have to teach us about resilience? Join the artists and community partners for two immersive performances in March to trace a path from who we are, to who we can become when we come home to wild.

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Neighborhood Night at Midtown Global Market: Free Puppet Shows for Kids & Families

Midtown Global Market is hosting six, FREE Heart of the Beast performances in the Midtown Central Court on Thursday nights during the weekly Neighborhood Night celebrations this winter.

Come for the show at 5:30pm and stay for the “Make-n-Take” workshop based on that day’s puppet show theme. You’ll leave with your own puppet creation to take home.

Previous Mainstage Performances

Puppet Lab 2019

01-07-2020

March 2019

Puppet Lab 2018

07-11-2018

March 2018

Make Believe Neighborhood

07-11-2018

February 2018

Action Sequence

09-06-2017

June 2017

Music Animated featuring Dreamland Faces

09-06-2017

February 2017

Music Animated: A Puppet Concert Series featuring Dosh

10-27-2016

October 2016

Queen

10-27-2016

SEPTEMBER 2016

Basement Creatures

03-11-2016

March 2016

The Story of Crow Boy

02-18-2016

February 2016

Between the Worlds

12-11-2015

2015, 2013, 2002

La Natividad

12-11-2014

2016, 2014, 2012, 2008, 2007, 2006

Cartooon

01-16-2014

January 2014

La Guadalupana/Our Lady of Guadalupe

12-07-2013

December 2013

Kid Enkidu

01-25-2013

Jan-Feb 2013

Hidebound

10-18-2012

October 2012

Winter Dreams

12-02-2011

December 2011

La Befana

12-03-2010

December 2010 & 2001

A Path Home

11-06-2009

November 2009

Beneath the Surface

03-22-2009

2009, 2008

Decorate the Well in Gratitude

07-26-2008

July 2008

Come to the Well

03-02-2007

March 2007

A Company of Angels

09-25-2006

2006, 2005, 2004

GOTAMA: A Journey to the Buddha

02-24-2006

February 2006

The Pink Dress

11-05-2005

November 2005

Lake Street Excavations

03-04-2005

March 2005

Wild Swans

12-05-2003

December 2003

From the Inside Out

03-07-2003

March 2003

Queen Nanny, Queen Nanny!

01-17-2003

January 2003

Seed: Awesome Vessel of Power

09-27-2002

September 2002

Befriended by the Enemy

03-21-2002

March 2002

The Nightingale

02-01-2002

February 2002

City Rhapsody

11-03-2000

November 2000

Gyre: Song for a Millennium

12-11-1999

December 1999

The Reaper’s Tale

10-11-1989

October 1989

Table, Table

10-11-1987

1987

A Life of HOH

07-11-1983

1983

Shoes of Infant Light

10-11-1981

1981

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