2024 Festival Archive: Wakka Wakka

Wakka Wakka: The Immortal Jellyfish Girl

January 18-21, 2024

Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Mainstage Theatre

Presented by Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

With special support from: The Ferdi Foundation, Manaaki Foundation, Cheryl Lynn Bruce & Kerry James Marshall. With additional support from Cheryl Henson



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January 18-21, 2024
Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Mainstage Theatre
1650 N. Halsted Ave.

World Premiere of Wakka Wakka’s Animalia Trilogy

A gripping tale of humanity on the brink of annihilation and the unlikely hero who might just save them all. The year is 2555. Large swaths of earth’s surface are considered dead zones, and mass extinction has begun. There is a war (there is always a war). As both sides grow desperate, their thirst for destruction becomes more and more volatile. An improbable meeting between an orphan and a jellyfish girl threatens to tip the balance forever, but in whose favor, and at what cost? A mysterious man in a homemade fox costume has seen this all before, has lived this tragedy too many times, but he is determined it will end differently. Hilarious, ridiculous and virtuosic, this puppet show blends innovative projection, original music and puppetry that soars through dimensions, unconfined by time, gravity or biology.

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