Puppet Crimes is an original hand puppet show by Jana Zeller and her Spybird Theater, with musical accompaniment by Peter Siegel. The raucously hilarious satire is about what it takes for a common puppet to survive for 400 years in the face of war, tyranny, and economic oppression.
Traditional German hand puppet heroes Kasper and Gretel struggle to survive in an old shack on the margins of society. As the centuries pass through their little puppet booth, war is always raging and Kasper tries to avoid getting blamed, arrested, and drafted, yet at every turn, this petty puppet is made the scapegoat for larger crimes. Each scene poses a grotesque circumstance with a comic twist that explores the tradition of Kasper’s character and its timeless relevance to today’s world.
This is an action-packed hour-long show for teens and adults, with snappy rhyme and absurdity, inspired by German, British, and Italian hand puppet traditions. The multi-genre musical accompaniment is arranged, composed, and performed by Peter Siegel. Created with generous support from the Jim Henson Foundation.
Friday, March 4 — Doors open at 7:00 PM; Show begins at 7:30 AM. 90-minutes
Tickets available for $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and $22 for preferred seating.