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Chicago Puppet Fest presents:

Hamid Rahmanian: Song of the North

“Breathtaking fireworks
of creativity”

Le Monde

“The Persian soul and culture vibrate in this original and poetic show.”
Toute La Culture

Song of the North, adapted from the “Book of Kings” (Shahnameh), is a visually breathtaking, large-scale, cinematic play of shadow puppetry and projected animation. It tells the classic Persian tale of the courageous Manijeh, a heroine from ancient Persia, who must use all her strengths and talents to rescue her beloved, Bijan, from a perilous predicament of her own making to help prevent a war. This epic love story employs a cast of 500 handmade puppets and a talented ensemble of nine actors and puppeteers, which come together to create a spectacular experience that advances themes of unity, collaboration and experimentation through performance and story. 

Event Details

Friday, January 19
at 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 20 at 1 pm and 5:30 pm

Note: There is an error in the printed brochure’s calendar page. The shows are correct as listed here above for Friday 1/19 and Saturday 1/20. None on Sunday 1/21.

Location: Studebaker Theater at The Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave.

Cost: $45/$35 students & seniors

Ages: All ages

Running Time: 80 mins

ADA Accessible? Yes

Funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Mellon Foundation and support from the Doris Duke Foundation.