PAPERHAND PUPPET INTERVENTION

CREATING.  INSPIRING.  RESISTING.

NOW IN OUR 18th YEAR!

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This excellent photo was taken by James Robinson. jlr-photo.com. Puppet from Paperhand’s 2016 Summer Show “The Beautiful Beast”.


PLEASE GIVE TO OUR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

Help bring our 2017 Summer Show into the world!

ALL OR NOTHING! We need your help! Paperhand’s Kickstarter fundraising campaign, which will bring our 2017 Summer Show into the world, is live! Watch our video, view the rewards and support our brand new, completely original, sonically stupendous, beautifully big, SUMMER PUPPET EXTRAVAGANZA! No contribution too big or too small!

Please share and give HERE

All or nothing.

This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, May 22, 2017 11:59 PM EDT.


“Enkidu” from Paperhand’s 2016 summer show “The Beautiful Beast”

17 YEARS! 17 SHOWS! 

View our past Summer Shows HERE.

Each year we write, create, build and perform a large summer pageant-play-extravaganza. These performances last about an hour, include an ensemble of professional musicians who create an original score of music and involve a cast of puppeteers, which has included as many as twenty-eight performers. Our summer extravaganza is attended by over 16,000 people! Through our annual summer performance, Paperhand Puppet Intervention helps create a community that shares picnic blankets, ideas, experiences and a love of wonder.


From Paperhand’s 2016 summer show “The Beautiful Beast”. Photo by Lee Capps.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR OUR 2017 SUMMER SHOW

Image from Paperhand’s 2013 Summer Show “Invisible Earth”. Photo by Lee Capps Photography.

Paperhand at the Forest Theatre, Chapel Hill, NC

Aug 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27. Sept 1-3. Labor Day: Sept 4
Matinees Sun: Aug 20, 27 & Sept 3

All shows begin at 7pm with a 6:20 pre-show, except for matinees that start at 3pm with a 2:20 pre-show. *Sat shows at the Forest Theatre usually sell out! Get there EXTRA early or, if possible, choose a Fri or Sun.

Tickets are only available at the door. No pre-sale tickets. General admission.

Pre-show Performers to be announced


Image from Paperhand’s 2010 Summer Show “Island’s Unknown”

Paperhand at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Sept 8-10, All shows at 7pm with 6:20 pre-show

Purchase tickets, view showtimes & see details on the NCMA website

Pre-show Performers to be announced.


Image from Paperhand’s 2012 Summer Show “City of Frogs”

Paperhand at The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Sept 16-17

Purchase tickets, showtimes & details on The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro website

Pre-show Performers to be announced.

 

 

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Come along with us on our puppet adventure!

The puppets don’t sleep, so keep in touch with us and join us year round as we bring puppet love to the world: parades, performances, art installations and some years even a winter show!

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world-mapAVAILABLE FOR INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS

We’re going global! One of our dreams is to travel the world and collaborate with different nationalities while teaching how to build puppets and tell stories. This year the Virgin Island Department of Education brought Paperhand to St. Croix! We got children excited about reading by creating puppets from characters in literature, highlighting Caribbean authors. Contact Donovan Zimmerman to bring Paperhand Puppets to your place in the world! (Interplanetary will also be considered)


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Puppet Intervention is a puppet theater company based out of Saxapahaw, NC. For over seventeen years we have been creating original large-scale puppet extravaganzas complete with giant puppets, masks, shadow puppets, stilt dancing, painted flats, live music and so much more to help promote social change, peace and hope for a better world.

Our shows tell stories of the human heart, illuminate myths from around the world, and inspire young and old alike through their unique brand of creative expression. We create extraordinary puppets that entertain, bring joy, instigate wonder, and inspire contemplation about the incredible world around us.

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“The Painted Bird” 2014. Photo by Joshua Gira.

SUMMER SHOW

Each year we write, create, build and perform a large summer pageant-play-extravaganza. These performances last about an hour, include an ensemble of professional musicians who create an original score of music and involve a cast of puppeteers, which has included as many as twenty-eight performers. Our summer extravaganza is attended by over 18,000 people!

Through our annual summer performance, Paperhand Puppet Intervention helps create a community that shares picnic blankets, ideas, experiences and a love of wonder.

Take a look at our past Summer Shows here.

From “A Drop in the Bucket”. Paperhand’s 2015 Summer Show. Video by Dilip Barman.


"A Drop in the Bucket". Photo by Lee Capps

“A Drop in the Bucket”. Photo by Lee Capps


OUR FULL YEAR CALENDAR

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Photo from "A Drop in the Bucket" by bellbottombleu

Photo from “A Drop in the Bucket” by bellbottombleu

Thank you, thank you, for making this world a better place by bringing so much joy, inspiration and creative thinking as we watched fabulous productions. All ages share this together, and that’s another bonus!

Robert and Janice
Marveling for ten years with you


WE ARE ACTIVE YEAR ROUND!

Throughout the year we are deeply steeped in our community and take part in public celebrations, parades, weddings, civil support (“interventions”) and general acts of vivacity! We also create learning opportunities, host workshops and spread knowledge of the great world of puppetry!


Centro’s annual Day of the Dead 5k & Street Festival

PAPERHAND IS AVAILABLE FOR…

Visit our Hire Us page for more details!

Parades
Puppet Roving
Events
Celebrations
Puppet Rental
Puppet Installation
Performance
Collaborations
Commissions
Workshops
Educational Opportunities
Residencies



"The Painted Bird" 2014. Photo by Deborah Amaral.

“Love and Robots” 2009 winter

SUSTAIN US

Donate to Paperhand using Paypal!

We believe we add an important component to the fabric of life and we hope you do too! Help us continue bringing incredible low cost “No one turned away because of lack of funds” performances by making a donation.

Among our long list of expenses are: monthly studio rent, utilities, paint, lumber, tools, materials for costumes, theatre rental, sound professional, lighting professional, moving trucks to safely haul the puppets, etc! etc! etc!

We rely on our own practice of frugality, creativity and a huge amount of volunteerism, so no amount is too great or too small.

THANK YOU for keeping Paperhand Puppet Intervention alive and thriving!