Instituto Cervantes Chicago & Chicago Puppet Fest present:
From award-winning, Brooklyn-based puppet artist and theater maker, Nick Lehane, comes the heartfelt, poignant, and stranger-than-fiction story of a chimpanzee raised as a child in a human home in a cross-fostering experiment conducted in the United States. An exquisite bunraku style puppetry performance breathes in life and illuminates the need for humanity.
With special support from Cheryl Henson
Nick Lehane is a Brooklyn based puppet artist and theater maker. His puppet play Chimpanzee premiered at HERE Arts Center through Basil Twist’s Dream Music Puppetry Program, with the support of The Jim Henson Foundation and Cheryl Henson. It has since been presented at the World Puppet Theater Festival in Charleville-Mézières, by Casteliers at Théâtre Aux Écuries in Montreal, and by The London International Mime Festival at The Barbican Centre. His collaboration with Derek Fordjour, Fly Away, ran in 2020 at Petzel Gallery as part of Fordjour’s premiere solo exhibition, SELF MUST DIE. Lehane has collaborated with PigPen Theatre Co. as puppet designer for The Tale of Despereaux (The Old Globe, Berkeley Rep co-directed by Marc Bruni), as puppet designer for The Phantom Folktales (Virgin Voyages), and as the understudy for The Old Man and The Old Moon. He will be puppet designing Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn’s Hood (Asolo Rep., dir Mark Brokaw). His original work has shown at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Puppet BloK at Dixon Place, The Jim Henson Carriage House, Special Effects Festival at wild project, and Pillsbury House Theatre. Select performance credits are Robin Frohardt’s The Plastic Bag Store and The Pigeoning (HERE Arts Center, international tour), Petrushka (Giants Are Small, New York Philharmonic, Barbican Centre), Islamic Solidarity Games Opening Ceremonies (Baku, Azerbaijan), Doug Fitch’s El Retablo de Maese Pedro (American Symphony Orchestra, Bard SummerScape), James Ortiz’s The Little Mermaid (Glass Bandits Theater, Strangemen Theatre Company), and Lore (Amazon). Lehane provided puppet and movement direction for SeaWife (Naked Angels). He studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School and received his B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. nicklehane.com