|The Pirate in hiding.||Post-show demonstration. Photo by Richard Termine|
We are very proud and honored to have received the award for Best Performance for "The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea" at the 2015 National Puppetry Festival of the Puppeteers of America. This is a tremendous honor; there were so many great shows at the festival.
Two funny folktales from Africa come to life with stunning puppetry, spectacular scenery, and infectious music. In "Koi and the Kola Nuts," the youngest son of a chief sets out on a wonderful journey in search of fortune, carrying only a sack of kola nuts. His kindness to the creatures he meets is rewarded when they help him find a new home. And in "Anansi and the Talking Melon" we meet one of the most hilarious trickster characters in world folklore! Anansi eats his way into a melon but ends up too full to get back out. Trapped inside, he fools the other animals into believing that the melon can talk! Crabgrass brings these traditional tales to life through innovative puppetry, spectacular scenery, and infectious music.
We have a busy summer coming up! In May we will return to the Public Theater in Lewiston, ME for four days of show. We begin June at the Puppet Showplace in Brookline, MA and then we move south for a week of shows in Roswell, Georgia. In July we'll be at the Nanuet, NY library, and we'll be returning to Goat on the Boat Theater in Sag Harbor, NY, and the Ivoryton Playhouse in Connecticut. And in August we'll be at the Corning Museum of Glass, the Puppet Showplace once more and at the Heritage Museum in Sandwich, MA. Please see our complete list of upcoming public performances for more information.
When she's not designing, directing and building puppet shows, Crabgrass co-founder Bonny Hall makes beasts! She's made so many that they are rapidly filling up our home and studio, and we're trying to find new homes for them. Please visit bonny's beasts at Etsy for further information and to see the beasts!
Jamie Keithline and Bonny Hall formed 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.
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!