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St. Ann’s Warehouse presents
A Mini-Festival of New Puppet Theater from The Lab

MAY 30-JUNE 2 

All tickets $20 in advance | $25 at the door

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Each spring, St. Ann’s Warehouse showcases works-in-progress developed over the course of a year in our Puppet Lab. Now in its 20th year, St. Ann’s Puppet Lab is an experimental haven for artists making interdisciplinary puppet and object theater.

Recommended for adults and brave children 12+.

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Program A
THURS MAY 30 7:30PM | SAT JUN 1 7:30PM | SUN JUN 2 1:30PM


The Paper Piece
Conceived and built by Rachael Shane
Co-directed by Rachael Shane and Sharone Halevy
Video and Production Design by Jonny Moreno

A girl, inspired by her father’s architecture books, loses control of her imagination.

Shoot, Don’t Talk
Andrew Murdock – Director/Conceiver, Video and Puppet Design, Performer
Marcella Murray – Assistant Director, Performer

Shoot, Don’t Talk is a devised multimedia theater project that explores the Spaghetti Western, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. By pulling source material and real accounts from the making of the film, the piece collages live feed camera work, physical performance and puppetry to break down the layers of miscommunication/mistranslation within the film-making process and greater Western genre.

Eva’s Heart by By Anna Elzbieta Haczkiewicz
A woman’s experience of the world is brought to vivid life in this multimedia piece that combines video, movement, and puppetry. Eva’s Heart explores how we are all affected by the actions, good or bad, of others. Ultimately, it is a call for compassion.

All Vows Created by Sam Jay Gold
All Vows is a Diasporic memory play about the collision of history and imagination. Alongside five puppet portraits of his grandfather, theater artist Sam Jay Gold explores stories from the life of “Poppy,” a Russian Jewish refugee raised in China, presenting an intimate and messy reckoning with inheritance, tradition, and myth-making.

Program B
FRI MAY 31 7:30PM | SAT JUN 1 2PM | SUN JUN 2 5PM


To Love What Death Has Touched by Kevin White
Using puppetry, live music, and projections, To Love What Death Has Touched is an story about a father’s love for his son and together learning what it takes to survive a hostile world. Inspired by dystopian fiction and an 11th-century poet, Judah HaLevi, the pair live day by day in a world changed by environmental devastation, struggling to find some happiness while surviving a world in rapid decline.

Бабушка | BAb(oo)shka
Written and Constructed by Anna Lublina
Created in collaboration with Elena Rose Light, Julia Danitz, Julia Cavagna, Marina Gasparyan, Irina Gorovaia, Julia Gu, Julian Hernandez, and Lim Mui
In Russian and English, Anya and Babushka struggle to communicate their Jewish identities via The Sims. Their histories emerge as a patchwork of puppetry, klezmer music, and dance.

Fish Ladder
Created and Performed by Kip Miller
A fish ladder is a human-made structure for survival, helping lift fish further up ruined rivers. Within such a ladder, our sockeye salmon encounters a six-legged frog. Like so many of us, she is eager to tell her story of love, suffering, regret, and hope, before she continues upriver to spawning and death. The frog isn’t particularly interested in listening.

Trooper’s Brother (a working title)
Directed and choreographed by Nami Yamamoto
Performed by Nami Yamamoto, Takemi Kitamura, Leah Ogawa, and Anna Vomacka

Trooper’s brother (a working title) is inspired by my experience going through multiple surgeries with Dr. Deborah Axelrod. She is a breast surgeon who dresses up as a kitty cat on Halloween. My relationship to her changed from calling her Dr. Axelrod to Deborah throughout my diagnosis process. My observations and interactions to Dr. Axelrod, her nurses, receptionists, surgical coordinators and colleagues are my inspiration to create this work.



Dianamas by Justin Perkins
Dianamas is the holy day on which we venerate the ancient Goddess: Diana, Princess of Wales. In this immersive installation, worshippers process into the tabernacle where the Sisters of the Hands display the sacred relics and perform the Mass. And on this day of days, all the children of Diana are invited to enter the inner place and bathe in Her Presence. Join us.

St. Ann’s 2019 Puppet Lab and Labapalooza Festival are supported by The Jim Henson Foundation.


Jim Henson Foundation   


Key Art Photography from Бабушка | BAb(oo)shka, written and directed by Anna Lublina. Photography by Teddy Wolff.