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.
Our fall schedule includes a return to The Ballard Insdtitute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut, a four day residency at the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, MA, and appearances at the Morris Museum in NJ, and in Hampton, CT, and Moorestown, NJ. 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! Bonny and her beasts and birds will be at craft shows in VT, CT, MA and NC throughout the fall. You can also find her birds at Gallery in the Woods in downtown Brattleboro. Please visit bonny's beasts for further information and to see the beasts!
Jamie Keithline and Bonny Hall formed the award-winning 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. The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea was awarded "Best Performance" at the 2015 Puppeteers of America National Festival.
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!