|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.
Most of our shows are in schools this fall, but we do have a number of public performances. We kick off the season with a show for the Hampton, CT, Recreation Commission and then we move on to the Puppet Showplace in Boston and Dutchess College in Poughkeepsie. We're delighted to be part of the RVA Winter Puppetfest in Richmond, VA, in the week before New Year's, and we wrap up 2015 at First Night in Saranac Lake, NY. 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!