2024 Festival Archive: Nasty, Brutish & Short

Nasty, Brutish & Short

January 19-20 and 26-27, 2024

Links Hall (Weekend 1)
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Penthouse (Weekend 2)

Presented by Rough House Theatre Co., Links Hall, UChicago, and Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival


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January 19-20, 2024
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.

January 26-27, 2024
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Penthouse
The University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th St.

Hit the fan-favorite late show to take your puppetry experience from the highest heights to the best kind of lows. Enjoy Chicago’s long-standing puppet cabaret with your host Jameson and somewhat furry friends for a naughty night of raucous, raunchy, dark, sassy, sad and mostly hilarious puppet theater. The best part? Fancy out-of-towner puppeteers are invited to join local legends in a bawdy night of revelry followed by friendly unwinding.

January 19, 2024 at Links Hall
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  • Emily Schubert with Ian Mansfield
  • Madigan Burke
    Dead Reckoning, Laura Marsh/Alexandra Sulack
  • Rough House’s Claire Saxe
  • Chris Fair

January 20, 2024 at Links Hall 
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  • The Puppet Company: Steven Widerman with Mark Blashford and David C. Herzog
  • Emilie Helene Wingate with Rachel Hartmann
  • Kevin Michael Wesson
  • Sayeda Misa Sourour with Abby Palen
  • Rabbit Foot Puppetry: Abby Palen and Rachel Hartmann

Jan 26, 2024 at Logan Center
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  • Karly Gesine Bergmann
  • Fidget Theatre: Jacklynn Kelsey and August Boyne
  • Justin D’Acci with Nadia Henderson
  • Sam Lewis and Sharon Udoh
  • Marianna Gallegos with Steffen Garcia

Jan 27, 2024 at Logan Center
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  • The Bunny Royale: Jennifer friedrich
  • Vanessa Valliere
  • Manual Cinema
  • Jabberwocky Marionettes: Lolly Extract and Amber Marsh
  • Yiwen Wu with Sherry Wang, Rudradutt Renade, and Emair Zhu

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