1/18/2023 to 1/29/2023

Chicago Int'l Puppet Theater Festival

Multiple Locations
(312) 753-3234

The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival is returning in a big way, January 18-29, 2023, at venues large and small throughout the city. For 12 consecutive days, Chicago will be the puppetry capital of the world, home to more than 100 performances and events around the city that promise to astonish and delight. From bunraku, to shadow, to crankie scroll, pageant-style puppets and more, puppets will take over Chicago for a dozen amazing days and nights of inspiration and invention. Ten countries are represented this year, including Brazil, Canada, Czechia, Finland, France, Norway, Japan, South Africa, Spain and the United States, specifically, New York, Boston and Chicago.

This Festival you will find many gems such as cultural monsters taking the stage in visually stunning adaptations of Moby Dick by Plexus Polaire and also of Frankenstein by Chicago’s celebrated Manual Cinema. The American hero Frederick Douglass seeks to dismantle slavery in Grand Panorama and the people of Brazil wrestle over their national hero in Macunaima Gourmet. With a stunning marionette made entirely of ice, Oedipus travels with his daughter Antigone on his final journey, melting in front of our eyes in Anywhere. A rare visual spectacle of magical Japanese theater technique continuously unfolds using sliding screens in Dogugaeshi. Whatsmore, this year notably features 4 heartwarming charmers for all ages presented appropriately at the Chicago Children’s Theatre.

Time: See schedule

Cost: See web site

Ages: All ages


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