Main Stage Productions

Upcoming Season


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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

Puppet Cabarets!

Drawing by Steve Ackerman
Drawing by Steve Ackerman

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.


Photo courtesy of The Bread and Puppet Theater
Photo courtesy of The Bread and Puppet Theater


Drawing by Steve Ackerman
Drawing by Steve Ackerman

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

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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!

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