Summer Show

Paperhand Puppet Intervention is pleased to present
our 21st  annual summer show
“Unfolding Seeds: Invocations of Transformation”

 

This summer, join us as we re-engage in the way we know how- with communal storytelling, shadows, masks, and of course….giant puppets! 

Our 21st giant puppet show, “Unfolding Seeds: Invocations of Transformation” is rooted in gratitude, wonder, and thanksgiving. We are summoning our collective spirit to invoke care for the Earth, for its creatures, and for its future.

Come with us to the cool steps of the Forest Theatre once again, as we dive into a new story- one that honors the things that are lost, that adorns the Earth, and that offers forth avenues for regenerative repair. 

All flourishing is mutual, all liberation is collective, and all living things are welcome.

 

2021 Summer Show Schedule


Forest theatre shows:

  • Fri Aug. 27, Sat Aug. 28, Sun Aug. 29 — 7 PM shows with a 6:20 pre-show, Forest Theatre
  • Fri Sept. 3, Sat, Sept.. 4, Sun. Sept.. 5 — 7 PM evening show with preshows at Forest Theatre
  • Mon Sept. 6 – Labor Day — 7 PM show with a 6:20 pre-show Forest Theatre
  • Fri Sept. 10 , Sat Sept. 11 — 7 PM shows with a 6:20 pre-show at Forest Theatre
  • Sunday Sept. 12– 3PM Matinee, 7 PM evening show  with preshows at 2:20 (matinee) and 6:20 pm(evening) Forest Theatre
  • Fri Sept. 17, Sat Sept. 18 – 7 PM shows with a 6:20 pre-show Forest Theatre
  • Sun Sept. 19 – 3 PM matinee, 7 PM evening show with preshows at 2:20 (matinee) and 6:20 (evening) Forest Theatre
  • Fri Sept. 24, Sat Sept. 25 – 7 PM shows with a 6:20 pre-show Forest Theatre
  • Sun Sept. 26 – 3 PM matinee, 7 PM evening show with preshows at 2:20 (matinee) and 6:20 (evening) Forest Theatre

    NC Museum of Art shows:

    • Fri Oct. 1, Sat. Oct. 2, Sun. Oct. 3– 7 PM shows with a 6:20 pm pre-show at NC Museum of Art

Pre-Show Schedule: 

Friday August 27 6:20PM …………………..Jennifer Curtis and Daili Cissokho

Saturday August 28 6:20PM………………  Bulltown Strutters

Sunday August 29 6:20PM…………………. Earleine/ Bait Shop Boys as backup

Friday September 3 6:20PM……………….. Will Ridenour

Saturday September 4 6:20PM……………..RAVARY

Sunday September 5 6:20PM……………… Certain Seas

Monday September 6th 6:20 pm………….Dean Driver

Friday September 10 6:20PM……………… The InterACTive Theater of Jef

Saturday September 11 6:20PM…………….Eric Bannan

Sunday September 12 2:20pm……………… The Resonant Rogues

Sunday September 12 6:20PM……………… The Resonant Rogues

Friday September 17 6:20PM……………….. Wyatt Easterling and The Modern Day Drifters

Saturday September 18 6:20PM…………… Tea Cup Gin

Sunday September 19 2:20pm……………… Honey Magpie

Sunday September 19 6:20PM……………… The Oblations

Friday September 24 6:20PM……………… Lyn Koonce

Saturday September 25 6:20PM…………..Shannon O’Connor

Sunday September 26 2:20pm……………..Neville’s Quarter

Sunday September 26 6:20PM……………..Sadie Rock and the Mad Ryans

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Friday October 1 6:20PM…………………….. Curtis Eller’s American Circus

Saturday October 2 6:20PM…………………..Jess Klein with Mike June

Sunday October 3 6:20………………………….PMXOXOK

Additional Info:

  • We are asking folks to pre-buy tickets this year in an effort to monitor audience capacity 
  • We are only selling half of the Forest Theatre’s capacity (500 tickets/show)
  • Please, if you are un-vaccinated wear a mask for the duration of the show
  • Ushers will be available to help seat the audience safely 
  • Outside food and beverage is still allowed at the Forest Theatre, but it is NOT allowed at the NC Museum of Art any longer
  • Tickets are in limited supply this year!

 

Thank You!

Thank you to our sustaining Patreon Patrons, our Kickstarter supporters, our Work/Play Volunteers, our audiences, our beautiful venues: Forest Theatre and the NC Museum of Art, our Front of House and Performance Volunteers (So wonderful to have you as part of our team!), and last, but not least, our immensely talented, courageous, beautiful inside and out, Puppeteers, Musicians and Crew.


Raccoon Family from 2019’s We Are Here

 


Over 125 Work/Play Volunteers!

We send a humongous heartfelt thank you to each one of our community volunteers who are spending part of their Saturdays with us all summer to create this show. Our shows take an incredible amount of people power and we love you powerful people! We can’t create this summer show without your help and are so grateful for the support of our community.

Phillip Batts, Morgan Henderson, Amandine Sotiaux, Heidi Paulsen, Don Harvan, Hannah Shumaker, Mary Glenn Kramer, Ken Krebs, Bernadette, Catherine Singley, Martha Pentecost, Vincent Batts, Christy Batts, Avelyn Batts, Magnus Batts, Roald Batts, Michael Runge, Noelle Gunn, Kristin Lione, Zeke Overbaugh, Angela Price, Nicole Pearsall, Scott Gerstl, Liz Clark, Aidan McAteer, Lauren Palmer, Julianna McCully, Mckenzie Moore, Sarajane McCully, Max Moore, Jeanine Ambrose, Piper Finn, Josephine Krenitsky, Starr Hogan, David Boatel, Elaine Bryant, Harper Bryant, Neal & Max Keene LV & Grady Swann, Teresa Brand, Natasha Popkin, Caroline Mueller, Tom McQueen, Diego Jose, Vera Jose, Eva Catala Perova, Isabel Storch, Karin Abell, Eddie Fuselier, Philip Goldsby, Jennifer Weideman, Pam Fleischauer, Paul, Sian McLean, Sonia Cryptomeria, Joy Lewis, Candy Fuller, Barb Ford, David Mace, Ivy & Ruby, Debra Turner, Ellie Fuselier, Sophie Fuselier, June Fuselier, Elizabeth Innes, Nina Plocek, Catherine Singly, Kiri Descence, Mike Dubnik, Kaori Isaacson, Nathaniel Isaacson, Katrina and Kenzo Isaacson, Ken & Martha Isaacson, Niza Desai, Ansh Desai, Caoline, Lucy, and Oliver Armijo, Whitney Peckman, MT Sidelli, Alison Steele, Gray Limbaugh, Amy Johnston, The Jesters, Adrienne Lane, Paul B. Whittredge, Ted Teague, Lila Fenn Teague, Sharon Jeffers, Ace Lane, Hean Zhuang, Kevin Weil, Jean-Jacques Dubois, Sophie Dubois, Leo Dubois, Michael O’Neill, Milada Vachidova, John Gribbin, Amy Gribbin, Sig Liland, Blakely Murrell-Liland, Ross Proctor, Tori Ellison, Hilary Weber Smith, Mindy Shelton, Robbie Edmonds, Ezra O’Manksy, Elias Adalis, Lucian Daniels, Jenny Edmonds, Jeannie Ambrose, Ting Lam, Mark White, Nicole Achuleta, Raffaela Andreoli, Stewart, Karen Paden, Daniel Luevano, Mike Allen, Heather Phillips, Rachel Byrne, Sherry Mason, Susan Reda, Lovella Voncannon, Ken Desai, Niyan Desai, Jan Hanser, Meghan Ritacco


Cast of 2017 ‘Of Wings and Feet’!

 

Unfolding Seeds: Invocations of Transformation Written and directed by: Jan Burger and Donovan Zimmerman in collaboration with the cast and the community.

Stage Managers:  Johanna Ashwell 
Assistant Stage Manager: Jordie Rippon

Cast and Crew: TBA

Paperhand Band: TBA


About our Summer Shows

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 each year!

We are grateful to be funded by donations from supporters through a Spring Kickstarter fundraiser and, year-round, through Patreon. We open our studio to the community every Saturday in June and July for Work/Play Days where folks of all ages and persuasions get messy building puppets and props for the Summer Show.

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


Summer Show Questions & Answers here.

View our past shows here.