‘Where Our Spirits Reside

WEATHER UPDATES FOR 9/22, 9/23 & 9/24

Due to this weekend's weather forecast we've decided to add a Matinee on Sunday (9/24) at 3PM and still continue with the Sunday evening show. The weather on Sunday looks to be really pleasant and we're excited to perform 2 more times for you. Please note that we are cancelling shows that were scheduled for FRIDAY 9/22 and SATURDAY 9/23.  

Tickets will be honored for either Sunday show. You do not need to request an transfer, you can show your proof of purchase for Friday or Saturday at the gates on Sunday. If you haven't bought tickets yet for Sunday's shows at North Carolina Museum of Art, you can do so HERE.

Sunday Matinee: 3PM Show, Gates Open at 2PM, Slow Teeth plays at 2:20PM
Sunday Evening: 7PM Show, Gates open at 6pm, Ancestor Piratas plays at 6:20PM

If you are unable to join us for either show on Sunday,  we hope you'll consider making your ticket purchase a donation to Paperhand and the amazing work we do for our community. 
Please help us spread the word and we'll see you Sunday!

Please note that if Eventbrite shows we have no more adult or senior/student tickets left, tickets are on sale at the gate for as long as we have space!

Awe & inspiration for All People! Our 23rd annual show is written and scored with Grammy-nominated mother and son Nnenna & Pierce Freelon.

The show takes place August 4 through Sept. 17 at the Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill and Sept. 22-24 at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh. Matinee shows are on Sunday, September 10 and September 17.


Use this EventBrite LINK to buy show tickets for the Chapel Hill shows.

Use this EventBrite LINK to buy tickets for the Raleigh shows.

For details, head to our Summer Show web page.


Greetings, beautiful puppet-loving people! We are infused with renewed energy and excitement to create and put on the best summer show ever! For our Kickstarter, “207 backers pledged $31,339 to help bring this project to life.” Wow!! You helped us to not only reach but exceed our goal. We are so very grateful for your support. The fund-raiser is over, but the hard work to develop the show is just getting started. To the studio!!!

Nnenna Freelon and her son Pierce have joined our creative team!

Nnenna Freelon and her son Pierce have joined our team! Multi GRAMMY® Award nominee Nnenna Freelon is known worldwide as a captivating live performer. Pierce Freelon is a GRAMMY® nominated musician, author, and educator from Durham, NC.

Nnenna and Pierce joined Paperhand last winter in the Dominican Republic for the puppet-making residency done in collaboration with the Mariposa Foundation and Nnenna performed in the ‘Butterfly Extravaganza’ show, lending her beautiful voice and wisdom to the experience.


Also featured in this year’s show, the moving poetry of Chapel Hill poet laureate CJ Suitt and NC Poet laureate Jaki Shelton Green! You don’t want to miss the magic being generated here.


Thanks so much to those of you who donated to our Kickstarter campaign, which is providing us with the funds we need to develop the show and pay the folks involved. Our work continues after the show! That’s a time when we need your support to help sustain our efforts. We do hope to obtain grants to help support our creative work, including visits to schools and community centers for puppet-making residencies.

IRS tax-deductible donations can be made to support our creative work through the Haw River Assembly, which is acting as a fiscal sponsor for us. They have a PayPal link dedicated to us on the bottom of their webpage.

Make a donation to Paperhand HERE.

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