2017 - 2018 Season


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.

For questions regarding ticketing, or to purchase tickets to a show, contact the Box Office at 612-540-5365 or boxoffice@hobt.org.

Puppet Cabarets!

stick drawing of a figure in the theatre saying "oh no."Each quarter we host a puppet variety show with experimental performances by members of the local puppet theatre community and live music. Anything could happen in these late-night, low brow evenings MC’d by Dhann Polnau and coordinated by Steve Ackerman. Stay tuned to our e-mail newsletter and social media to find out when they are and who's performing! As always, when experimental puppet theatre is involved, adult content may arise.

Want to perform in a future cabaret?!? E-mail Steve: sackerman@hobt.org

The Neighborhood of Make-Believe

“I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you. I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.”

Photo by Bruce Silcox

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

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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Puppet Lab 2018

Puppet Lab logoIn 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.

The 2018-19 cohort will be announced in August!

GIFT CERTIFICATES to our productions can be purchased by emailing boxoffice@hobt.org

Previous Mainstage Performances

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

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