The three little pigs want their new homes to be the best in the neighborhood. But who can they call to help them build them? Architect B. B. Wolfe is on hand to steer them to the latest locally-sourced earth-friendly materials. “Straw?” asks the first pig. “Provides excellent insulation,” replies the wolf. “Sticks?” says the second. “Built-in ventilation,” says the esteemed architect. “I’m using bricks!” says the third pig.” “Bricks are so old fashioned,”says the wolf. “So boring. So . . . solid.” In the end, the pigs get their dream houses and the wolf is on the lookout for new clients.
The award-winning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre delivers a delightful and hilarious new take on an old tale, featuring beautiful puppetry, lively music and three adorable pigs.
Our winter and spring schedule includes return visits to Hamden, CT, Dutchess College in Poughkeepsie, the NJ State Museum, the Children's Room in Waterbury, VT, and Amazing Arts in Framingham, MA, as well as first-time appearances for the Catskill Mountain Foundation and at libraries in Kingston and Lindenhurst, NY. We wrap up the spring with a five day residency at the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, MA. Please see our complete list of upcoming public performances for more information.
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre founder Jamie Keithline and long-time company member David Regan play a very small role in a new documentary film about the pioneering artist, writer and activist Ashley Bryan. Jamie and Dave had the opportunity to spend some time with Ashley at his home and studio on Little Cranberry Island off the coast of Maine, and short clips of their meeting are included in Ashley Bryan. . . I Know a Man, a new documentary film. While Ashley is primarily known as a writer and illustrator of children's books - his latest book, Freedom Over Me, recently received the Newbury and Coretta Scott King Honor Awards - he also has created dozens of beautiful puppets from driftwood, shells and beach glass hat he collects on his walks around the island.
Here is a short clip from the documentary:
When she's not designing, directing and building puppet shows, Crabgrass co-founder Bonny Hall makes beasts! Bonny and her beasts and birds will be at craft shows in VT, CT, MA and NC throughout the year. You can also find her birds at Gallery in the Woods in downtown Brattleboro and at the Piedmont Craftsman's Guild in Winston-Salem, NC. Please visit bonny's beasts for further information and to see the beasts!
Jamie Keithline and Bonny Hall formed the award-winning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre in San Francisco in 1982 and have delighted audiences across the nation with their whimsical humor and puppetry. Now residents of Halifax, Vermont, they continue to tour throughout the U.S., performing in schools, museums and theaters. Their performing venues have included the Detroit Institute of Art, the Smithsonian, Paper Mill Playhouse, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and dozens of regional and national puppetry festivals. In 2001 Jamie and Bonny were honored by their peers when their production Anansi, Spiderman of Africa! was awarded an UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence, the highest honor in American puppetry. This honor was repeated in 2005 with the receipt of a second UNI award for The Bremen Town Musicians. In 2008, Bonny received a Commendation for Design in the Puppet Theatre by the Arlyn Award Foundation for The Day It Snowed Tortillas. The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea was awarded "Best Performance" at the 2015 Puppeteers of America National Festival.
Crabgrass Puppet Theater is funded in part by the National Endowment of the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Vermont Arts Council, the Jim Henson Foundation, the Endowment Fund of the Puppeteers of America, and by wonderful audiences everywhere we go. Thanks, everyone!