Next Festival: January 20-30, 2022

Nasty, Brutish & Short

Links Hall 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL

Links Hall, Rough House & Chicago Puppet Fest present Nasty, Brutish & Short. This is your chance to double or triple down on an evening of puppetry by hitting the late show to round out your puppetry day.

$8 – $10

Maria Camia

Chopin Theatre Mainstage 1543 W. Division St., Chicago, IL

Chicago Puppet Fest presents New Mony!. In the human cloning family business, Allimah lives a quiet, regiment life with her parents. But while recovering in a hospital, her dreams slowly become reality and she finds herself connected to the prestigious Utopian planet called Aricama.

$25 – $35

Neo Futurists

The Neo-Futurarium 5153 N Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL

The Neo Futurists & Chicago Puppet Fest present I, OBJECT! 30 Puppet Plays in 30 Minutes. From Chicago's celebrated Neo Futurists comes this all original, all new series of short works by local theater-makers giving you a dunk into object performance and high-speed theater.

$20 – $30

Nick Lehane

Instituto Cervantes Chicago 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago, IL

Instituto Cervantes Chicago & Chicago Puppet Fest present Chimpanzee. From award-winning, Brooklyn-based puppet artist and theater maker, Nick Lehane, comes heartfelt, poignant, and stranger-than-fiction stories of chimpanzees raised as children in human homes.

$25 – $35

Symposium – Staging the Non-Human Character; Animal, Alien, or Architecture

The School of the Art Institute Ballroom 112 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

The School of the Art Institute Performance Dept. & Chicago Puppet Fest present The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium. The Symposium brings together practicing Festival artists with scholars to consider the intersection of puppetry with other disciplines and ideas.

Free

Symposium – What We Leave Behind: The Plastic Object Geological Layer

The School of the Art Institute Ballroom 112 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

The School of the Art Institute Performance Dept. & Chicago Puppet Fest present The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium. The Symposium brings together practicing Festival artists with scholars to consider the intersection of puppetry with other disciplines and ideas.

Free

Andy Manjuck and Dorothy James

Chopin Theatre Mainstage 1543 W. Division St., Chicago, IL

Chicago Puppet Fest presents Bill's 44th. Bill's 44th is an original comedic show that brings two puppeteers together to create one (very worried) protagonist. Many styles of puppetry, raucous balloons, and a cheeky piece of crudité all collide to examine the pitfalls of impatience and the wonder of loneliness.

$25 – $35

Rough House Theatre Co.

Chicago Puppet Fest presents Invitation to a Beheading. Alternately disorienting, absurd, hysterical, and hopeful, this great novel by one of the 20th century's masters is brought to the stage by Michael Brown and Rough House, with their signature combination of playfulness and strangeness.

$20 – $30

Marsian De Lellis

Links Hall 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL

Links Hall & Chicago Puppet Fest presents The Object of Her Affection. Part puppetry, part performance art, a visual narrative about objectsexuals - humans who form intimate relationships with inanimate objects.

$20 – $30

Bread & Puppet Theatre

UChicago & Chicago Puppet Fest present The Persians. A new adaptation of Aeschylus' Tragedy created in 1962/3 by Elka and Peter Schumann with radical spectacle puppetry style that became a mainstay of U.S. political protests with their 10 foot puppets.

$30 – $40

Torry Bend

Chopin Theatre Mainstage 1543 W. Division St., Chicago, IL

Chicago Puppet Fest presents Dreaming. Dreaming is Torry Bend's collaboration with playwright Howard Craft and director JaMeeka Holloway. It follows two men deeply affected by Winsor McCay's comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland.

$25 – $35

Nasty, Brutish & Short

Links Hall 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL

Links Hall, Rough House & Chicago Puppet Fest present Nasty, Brutish & Short. This is your chance to double or triple down on an evening of puppetry by hitting the late show to round out your puppetry day.

$8 – $10

Margaret Laurena Kemp / Janni Younge

The DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place, Chicago, IL

DuSable Museum of African American History & Chicago Puppet Fest present The Bluest Eye. Director Margaret Laurena Kemp brings Lydia R. Diamond's dramatization of Morrison's literary classic, "The Bluest Eye" to life exploring the destructive power of racism and the strength of a community attempting to embrace an era of change.

$20 – $30

Ty Defoe

American Indian Center 3401 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Chicago Puppet Fest presents Skeleton Canoe. The story of young Nawbin as they leave home and set out on a rites of passage through a season of their life. Their journey along the water to discover their truth and way back to themselves and ancestral knowledge.

Free

Rootstock Puppet Co.

Instituto Cervantes Chicago 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago, IL

Instituto Cervantes Chicago & Chicago Puppet Fest present TIMBER!. Featuring hand-carved marionettes and original music, TIMBER! is about a forest: its wild inhabitants, its enemies, and the artist who defends it.

$20 – $30

Neo Futurists

The Neo-Futurarium 5153 N Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL

The Neo Futurists & Chicago Puppet Fest present I, OBJECT! 30 Puppet Plays in 30 Minutes. From Chicago's celebrated Neo Futurists comes this all original, all new series of short works by local theater-makers giving you a dunk into object performance and high-speed theater.

$20 – $30

Symposium – Race & Representation in Puppetry

The School of the Art Institute Ballroom 112 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

The School of the Art Institute Performance Dept. & Chicago Puppet Fest present The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium. The Symposium brings together practicing Festival artists with scholars to consider the intersection of puppetry with other disciplines and ideas.

Free

Symposium – New Materialism/Object-Oriented Ontology

The School of the Art Institute Ballroom 112 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

The School of the Art Institute Performance Dept. & Chicago Puppet Fest present The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium. The Symposium brings together practicing Festival artists with scholars to consider the intersection of puppetry with other disciplines and ideas.

Free