We are very proud and honored to have been selected to perform "The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea" at the 2015 National Puppetry Festival of the Puppeteers of America. The festival will take place August 10-16 at the University of Connecticut (our Alma Mater). The public is welcome at most of the performances! For tickets and more information, please visit the National Festival 2015 website!
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.
This summer we'll be performing for the East Lyme, CT Puppetry Association, Goat on a Boat Theater in Sag Harbor, NY, Ivoryton Playhouse in CT, the Cape Playhouse in MA, the New Jersey State Museum, and a number of libraries across the northeast. In addition, we are very proud and honored to be featured performers at the Puppeteers of America National Festival at the University of Connecticut, our alma mater, in August! Please see our complete list of upcoming public performances for more information.
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!