Performances 2016

These are the scheduled full performances for the Puppet Homecoming 2016.  Admission to all performances and workshops is included in Festival registration.

Included also are the Puppet Mutiny SLAM, Friday night, and Puppet Potpourri, Saturday night.

I Don’t Feel Dead Yet & more by Katherine Fahey  – Friday, Sept. 9, 7:00 PM

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Three shadow puppet crankies by Katherine Fahey
I Don’t Feel Dead Yet

Where Stars Come From
Francis Whitmore’s Wife


Sure-Minded Uncertainties by Cave Dogs – Friday, Sept. 9,  8:30 PM

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Sure-Minded Uncertainties explores how the interplay of materialism, spiritualism, technology and stewardship of the earth shapes our modern world.



Puppet Mutiny Slam – Friday, Sept. 9,  10:00 PM


The Premiere of the Puppet Mutiny Slam co-hosted by Jim “Nappy” Napolitano & Keith Shubert

“They’re Coming!” is the theme for this program of selected short works by some of the most innovative performers in the Northeast.  Be surprised and inspired!


Cardboard Explosion by Brad Shur – Saturday, Sept. 10, 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM


Get ready to exercise your imagination in this brand new and highly interactive show! “Cardboard Explosion” is a choose-your-own-adventure style of puppet performances, powered entirely by audience participation. Puppeteer Brad Shur gathers ideas from the audience, and then instantly brings stories to life on stage with characters and scenery made entirely from cardboard. Prepare to be amazed and inspired by never-before-seen creative possibilities!


Chronicles of Rose by David Lane – Saturday, Sept. 10, 3:30 PM

David_Lane_webpic1Rose Valland was the curator of a small museum during the occupation of Paris that was taken over and became a kind of clearing house for Nazi appropriated art as it was transported by train to Germany. Rose spoke fluent German, but kept this secret from the Nazis, and quickly built connections to the French Resistance. Her notes on the coming and going of stolen art would become crucial to repatriating efforts after the war. Circumstance and fate had cast her as the unlikely hero of this chapter of French history.

Mano-a-Monolog by Andrew Periale – Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:15 PM

APeriale-Poet“Mano a Monolog”– is a solo piece and a mix of poetic and dramatic monologs, some of which are performed with puppets. From light verse character sketch to Gothic ghost story to poignant recollection these pieces give voice to characters who are by turns comic, thoughtful, eerie, or poignant.


The Life of an Apple by Alex & Olmstead – Saturday, Sept. 10 , 8:30 PM



“This crankie incorporates hand drawn illustration, shadow puppets, tabletop, and lighting effects to tell the story of the life cycle of an apple. From seed, to tree, to fruit, to unforeseen circumstances.”


Bend by Kimi Maeda – Saturday, Sept. 10, 9:00 PM 


Using sand, shadow, and projection Bend tells the story of two men interned in a Japanese American relocation camp during World War II: the artist’s father, an Asian Art historian suffering from dementia, and the subject of his research, Isamu Noguchi, a half-Japanese-half-American sculptor.


Puppet Stew – What Puppets Do – Saturday, Sept. 10, 10:30 PM


Artie Poore at Puppet Homecoming 2014

Puppet potpourri, the “open-mic” of puppetry.  Be inspired, amazed, shocked, bedazzled, and entertained.

Hosted by Artie Poore.

Sunday – September 11

The Magician’s Daughter by Anna Vargas  – Sunday, Sept. 11, 11:30 AM & 2:30 PM



The Magician and his Daughter live all alone at the top of the world.

A family performance by Anna Vargas.



Lollipops for Breakfast by Bonnie Duncan – Sunday, Sept. 11, 1:30 PM


You can’t have lollipops for breakfast! But today, Sylvie decides she’s going to break that rule, even if it means she has to make her own amazingly perfect lollipop from scratch. Come along as she and her trusty pet bird search for missing ingredients, wrestle with giant candy machines, and get lost in a magical pop-up cookbook.