2024 Festival Archive: Theatre Y and Michael Montenegro

Theatre Y and Michael Montenegro: Little Carl

January 26-28, 2024

The Biograph’s Richard Christiansen Theater

Presented by Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

With special support from: Illinois Arts Council


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January 26-28, 2024
The Biograph’s Richard Christiansen Theater 
2433 N. Lincoln Ave.

Script written by Michael Montenegro. Prologue and epilogue written by Marvin Tate.

In Little Carl, Theatre Y’s Youth Ensemble grapples with the difficult issue of gun violence by creating a dream play using puppets, masks, and poetry, making beautiful imagery as an antidote to despair. Members of Theatre Y’s youth program have steered this project, guided by an extraordinary set of tools and support from veteran masters of their craft including multidisciplinary artist and North Lawndale native Marvin Tate, puppetry artisan Michael Montenegro, and the Firehouse Community Arts Center. Youth from Chicago’s west side have created each aspect of the vision, while maintaining a critical distance from the work to protect them from re-traumatization or any feelings of exploitation.

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