march, 2019

15mar7:30 pmNew Puppet Works Debut at HOBT March 15


Event Details

HOBT will present four new puppet works this March. These shows travel through the shifting shadows of family memory, the hypocrisy of the American dream, an expansive understanding of home, and the complexity of balancing family obligations while honoring the creative impulse.

“These four artists’ stories and visions are so necessary for this time and place. They have worked so hard these past six months and I am proud of all their works,” says Program Director Alison Heimstead.

Tickets are on sale now at These shows, while not graphic, explore mature and nuanced themes and as such are recommended for ages 13 and up.

Week 1: March 15 & 16 at 7:30pm, March 17 at 2:30pm

Devotion: The Early Years of Rachel Carson by Tara Fahey

Run time 50 minutes

Devotion is an immersive puppet epic bringing us into Rachel Carson’s early life. Experience the outpouring of Rachel’s devotion to the ocean, witness the struggles and successes that defined her life, and be transformed by the impact of her work, still reverberating in our world today.

Tara Fahey is an artist, teacher, and performer. Growing throughout the past twelve years with Barebones Productions, as a section designer of lantern and dimensional puppets and strengthened through camaraderie and collective work with Chicks on Sticks, a Mpls.based women’s stilt troupe, there is a spark to explore through independent work.

A By Akiko

Run time 30 minutes

A for Akiko, Asian, Alien, Atomic bombs, American Dream, Away from home, At home. Weaving together shadow puppet, progressive collage, poetry, and dance, A explores white supremacy and white fear from an immigrant point of view.

Akiko is a multidisciplinary artist: dancer, poet, collage artist, curator, and activist whose work directly reflects her experience as an immigrant woman of color, with an emphasis on community engagement and social justice. With a passion for art rooted in community, she is involved yearly in the creation of Barebones Halloween Extravaganza, MayDay Parade, and Northern Spark.

Week 2: March 22 & 23 at 7:30pm, March 24 at 2:30pm

The Alluvial by Andrew Young

Growing up as a minority, there are questions you can only ask within the shadows of yourself. Through shadow puppetry, live performance, storytelling, and sound, The Alluvial explores questions of place, belonging, and the shifting nature of memory —  a meditation on family, migration, and identity, to bring the things passed down to us into the light.

Andrew Young is a Taiwanese-Indonesian-American visual and performance artist interested in the natural world, our inner lives, ancestry, and the ways we connect with each other. An emerging puppeteer, Andrew is excited to continue to explore the possibilities of shadow puppets, as well as masks, giant puppets, and ways different forms of puppetry can be combined.

Not here, Not there: An Adoptee’s Journey to Home By Kallie Melvin

What is “Home“? Using a combination of original music, paper shadow puppets, photography, and live action performance, Not here, Not there follows the journey of an international adoptee. Through an exploration of grief and loss, family, memories, and more, a new definition of home emerges through a world of shadows.

Kallie Melvin is an emerging puppeteer and theater maker. She was adopted from Kolkata, India and grew up in the Twin Cities.

This will be Puppet Lab’s eight year of supporting radical, genre-expanding performances. The Puppet Lab program is directed by Alison Heimstead and is made possible by generous support from the Jerome Foundation.

About In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) is recognized internationally for both its artistry and service to the community. Through performance, ceremony, teaching, and community building, HOBT tells stories that explore and celebrate the human experience and the wonders of the natural world.


(Friday) 7:30 pm CST


In the Heart of the Beast

1500 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis


IN THE HEART OF THE BEAST PUPPET AND MASK THEATRE612-721-2535 main number 805-452-9795 cell