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Chicago Puppet Fest presents:

Theatre Y and Michael Montenegro: Little Carl

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.

Event Details

Friday, January 26 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 27 
at 2 pm + 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 28 
at 3 pm

Location: The Biograph’s Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.

Cost: $30/$20 students & seniors

Ages: 12 and up

Running Time: 80 mins

ADA Accessible? Yes 


Supported by Illinois Arts Council Agency & Artstour Program