Join us for the next Festival: January 15-26, 2025

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Chicago Puppet Fest presents:

Wakka Wakka: The Immortal Jellyfish Girl

“A 26th-Century Love Story”
The New York Times

The New Yorker

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.

Event Details

Thursday, January 18
at 7:30 pm
Friday January 19 at 1:30 pm
Saturday, January 20 at 7 pm
Sunday, January 21 at 1:30 pm

Note: There is an error in the printed brochure’s calendar page. There is not a 7 pm show on 1/21. There is only a 1:30 pm show on 1/21. The above dates and times are correct.

Location: Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Mainstage Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted Ave.

Cost: $45/$40 students & seniors

Free Events: Come make your own masks at free Wakka Wakka drop-in workshops! The workshop starts at 2:45 pm on Saturday 1/20 at Biograph Theater Lobby and starts at 2:45 pm on Sunday 1/21 in the Steppenwolf Theater.

Ages: 10 and up

Running Time: 80 mins

ADA Accessible? Yes


Supported by Cheryl Lynn Bruce & Kerry James Marshall, Ferdi Foundation, Manaaki Foundation. Special thanks to Cheryl Henson.