Main Stage Productions

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

Make Believe Neighborhood

Colorful neighborhood scene featuring local buildings

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

Make Believe Neighborhood celebrates Mr. Rogers and the neighborhood helpers he told us to look for – the ordinary people who do extra-ordinary work to make our own South Minneapolis neighborhood a brighter, healthier, friendlier place. Join us as we explore Fred Rogers' amazing life as an advocate for children, an artist, a friend, a peace activist, and everyday person. At the same time, we’ll shine a spotlight on some of the neighbors who have made our community what it is today. Image by Tim Cronin-Hnilicka.

Directed by Bart Buch with Musical Direction by Martin Dosh
Featuring Seth Eberle, Masanari Kawahara, Angela Olson, and Laurie Witzkowski as Artistic Collaborators and Performers.

Run time: 120 minutes (15 minute intermission)

February 2 - 25, 2018
Tickets are now on sale!

We are happy to offer discounted tickets for school matinees on Thursdays at 10.00am throughout the month of February. Contact Education Manager Naomi Campion to check availability and book tickets for your students:

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

Puppets with a sno cone machine
Photo by Bruce Silcox.

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.

Learn more about PuppetLab!


Week 1: March 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m., March 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Star Girl Clan by Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra & Magdalena Kaluza

A magical adventure about an Indigenous Maya grandmother whose spiritual conflict of internal racism leads her on a journey into an enchanted jungle and starworld.

The MoFo by Shelby Richardson

The last remaining life-form on Earth (a strand of E. Coli bacteria) guides the audience through a museum exhibit dedicated to an attempt to understand the “female object” through the interpretation of relics from our forgotten human species.

Tickets for week one are on sale now


Week 2: March 23 & 24 at 7:30 p.m., March 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Lost Lake by Elle Thoni

An adventuresome fable in which a Traveller searches for answers about a lake’s mysterious disappearance in a fantastical work that is all too real.

Light Camera Rappers by Michele Spaise

A work in progress exploring trauma as a catalyst for healing through an experiential installation with puppetry, light, projection, sound, and ritual. Hosted by Golden Ram, Blue Whale and Ruby with the Amethyst Eyes.

Tickets for week 2 are on sale now

Puppet Cabarets!

Puppet Cabaret! A stick figure with a wiggling hand puppet.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!

GIFT CERTIFICATES to our productions can be purchased by emailing

Previous Mainstage Performances

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