5 Chances to See The Painted Bird THIS Weekend!

Friday, Aug 29 @ 7:00

Saturday, Aug 30 @ 7:00 (Carbon Reduction Day!)

Sunday, Aug 31 @ 3:00 AND 7:00

Monday, Sept 1 @ 7:00

Carbon Reduction Saturdays!

We are declaring the next two Saturdays carbon reduction days! Parking for these Saturdays will be extremely limited due to conflicting evening UNC Football games on these days, so all the more reason to explore the world of alternate transportation.

We encourage you to park your car at home or part way to the show and ride your bike, take a stroll, or ride one of the free Chapel Hill buses!

Share your ideas on how to reduce your carbon footprint here!

The Painted Bird

THE PAINTED BIRD is an enchanted pageant of weaving colors, huge puppets, rabbits, mice, and hedgehogs! It is a story of where we came from and how we got here. From the little creatures of the fields and forests, emerging from the brown earth, to the lumbering beasts of green sunlit pastures, all dancing to the rhythms of life. It is a story of time and forgetfulness. Who of us can remember the story of the Painted Bird who carries all the shades of the world on its wings, when the land has gone grey and the light faded? The furry creatures of forest and field must work together to keep a numbing greyness from sweeping across the land. Will the colors be consumed entirely from the world by the ever-encroaching grey? Come see for yourself, and the Painted Bird will rise with our own dreams of a brighter world this summer.

Performances at The Forest Theatre are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at 7:00pm (with 6:20 pre-shows) PLUS Matinees on Sundays at 3:00pm (with 2:20 pre-shows) now through September 7.  PLUS an additional performance will be held on Labor Day, Monday, September 1 at 7:00pm.

Performances at The Museum of Art in Raleigh are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday September 12-14 at 7:00pm.

Admission is first come first serve at the door!

Find out about the OPENING ACTS!

Visit our FAQs page for information and answers to common questions!

The Forest Theatre address is 123 South Boundary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Since 1998, we have been using cardboard, corn starch, bamboo, your old house paints, and other assorted junk to create giant puppets, masks, shadow plays, and performances for all ages. We tell stories, beat drums, paint cardboard, sew cloth, get sweaty, push boundaries, and carry heavy things to help make the world a better place. Our parades, pageants, and shows are celebrations for everyone to enjoy; they are expressions of our love, for the earth and its creatures. Community is the lifeblood of PAPERHAND, helping us in so many ways. Thank you all for your love and support!