The three little pigs want their new homes to be the best in the neighborhood. But who should they call to design them? Architect B. B. Wolfe of the esteemed firm of Dewey Eatem & Howe is on hand to steer the pigs to the latest locally-sourced earth-friendly materials. “Straw?” asks the first pig. “Provides excellent insulation,” replies the wolf. “Sticks?” says the second. “Built-in ventilation,” says the esteemed architect. “I’m using bricks!” says the third pig.” “Bricks are so old fashioned,”says the wolf. “So boring. So . . . solid.”
The award-winning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre delivers a delightful and hilarious new take on an old tale, featuring beautiful puppetry, lively music and three adorable pigs.
We are delighted and honored to have been named Member of the Week by UNIMA-USA, the US chapter of the international puppetry organization. In the past we have been honored with two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence for our shows, the highest honor in American puppetry.
Our upcoming schedule includes return visits to the Children's Room in Waterbury, VT; Children and the Arts Festival in Peterborough, New Hampshire; the East Lyme Puppetry Project in CT; and libraires and rec programs in CT and NJ. We're also delighted to be returning to the Puppet Showplace Theater in beautiful Brookline, MA. Please see our complete list of upcoming public performances for more information.
When she's not designing, directing and building puppet shows, Crabgrass co-founder Bonny Hall makes beasts! In 2018, Bonny and her beasts and birds will be at craft shows in VT, CT, MA and NY. You can also find her birds at the Piedmont Craftsman's Guild in Winston-Salem, NC. Please visit bonny's beasts for further information and to see the beasts!
Jamie Keithline and Bonny Hall formed the award-winning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre in San Francisco in 1982 and have delighted audiences across the nation with their whimsical humor and puppetry. Now residents of Halifax, Vermont, they continue to tour throughout the U.S., performing in schools, museums and theaters. Their performing venues have included the Detroit Institute of Art, the Smithsonian, Paper Mill Playhouse, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and dozens of regional and national puppetry festivals. In 2001 Jamie and Bonny were honored by their peers when their production Anansi, Spiderman of Africa! was awarded an UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence, the highest honor in American puppetry. This honor was repeated in 2005 with the receipt of a second UNI award for The Bremen Town Musicians. In 2008, Bonny received a Commendation for Design in the Puppet Theatre by the Arlyn Award Foundation for The Day It Snowed Tortillas. The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea was awarded "Best Performance" at the 2015 Puppeteers of America National Festival.
Crabgrass Puppet Theater is funded in part by the National Endowment of the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Vermont Arts Council, the Jim Henson Foundation, the Endowment Fund of the Puppeteers of America, and by wonderful audiences everywhere we go. Please support these organizations, who bring art and entertainment to audiences who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate.