Chicago Int'l Puppet Theater Festival

Posted: January 18, 2017

The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival opens tomorrow, with more than a dozen Chicago presenting organizations joining together to ignite the spirit of this citywide event. The festival lasts 10 days and features artists from abroad, across the nation, and unique work born here in Chicago.

There are several family-friendly performances taking place, hosting and presented by some of Chicago's leading theater organizations. Find a show for your family - here are some of the family friendly performances taking place.

Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth
January 19-29
Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N Michigan Ave
Traveling storytellers Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth captivate audiences with spellbinding tales. But one day, The Big Bad Wolf mysteriously dies before his story is complete. As fairytales disappear from their pages, Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth must journey through the stories to restore order before they are lost forever. $35.

Teatro dei Piedi
January 20-22
Beverly Art Center, 2407 W 111th St and Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio St
Part mime, part contortion, Italy’s Teatro dei Piedi (Theatre of Feet) stages characters whose stories are by turns romantic, ironic, poetic and ridiculous – with their feet! Laura Kibel and Veronic González put their hands, feet and knees together to create extraordinarily articulate characters. $20; $12 Students.

Conversations with Devi
January 21
The Auditorum Theatre's Katten Landau Studio, 425 W. Wabash, 4th Floor
Conversations with Devi brings Hindu mythology to life using intricate Balinese shadow puppetry. When a haughty demon named Mahishasura taunts the goddess Devi, the two engage in an epic battle of shape shifting and strength. Delicate chiseled leather puppets called wayang kuilt illuminate the story while the sounds of an Indonesian gamelan orchestra draw rhythmic motion from every figure, animal, and tree. $28; $20 Student/Senior

Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic
January 26-29
Studebaker Theater at the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave.
Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages, created by Hamid Rahmanian in collaboration with Larry Reed. The play unfolds an action-packed magical tale of star-crossed lovers from the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh (The Book of Kings). $40; $30 Student/Senior.

January 21-23
Adventure Stage Chicago at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N Noble St.
What’s more surprising than a plastic-bag- world, where funny and colorful creatures appear and transform? They ?ll up, they empty out, they ?y, they get bored, they are funny—and they might resemble us a little bit. With Plastique, Théâtre Puzzle brings to the Vittum Theater a multicolored performance with unusual puppets, humor, and unexpected situations. $17; $12 Youth 14 and under; $10 with Industry ID on Monday.

Magic City
January 27-29
The Station, 100 S Racine Ave
Manual Cinema transforms Edith Nesbit’s novel The Magic City into a live, cinematic shadow puppet show in this new work commissioned by Chicago Children’s Theatre. When a young girl moves into a new home, she entertains herself by building a city using household objects. Through some magic, she finds herself inside the city, surrounded by life. $25; $20 Students/Seniors.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
January 27-28
Adventure Stage Chicago at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N Noble St
Open Eye Figure Theatre’s adaptation of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice for the marionette stage is a look at youth, aging, and the allure of power. Creator Michael Sommers uses Goethe’s 1797 poem Der Zauberlehrling as inspiration, expanding on the young apprentice’s mishaps and mistakes in this original work with a unique Open Eye approach. With it’s highly-designed production, original score, and masterful puppetry, the show appeals to both adults and children. $17; $12 youth 14 and under.

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