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2020 Festival Schedule: FRIDAY, August 21st

Friday, August 21

3pm-4:30pm EST: Intellectual Property for Artists with Justin Laughter (Workshop)

5pm-6pm EST: Marketing Panel with panelists: Art Gruenberger, Kat Pleviak, Heidi Rugg, and Claire Derriennic

8pm-9pm EST: The National Capital Puppet Slam (Show)

An exciting evening of short-form puppet theater produced by the National Capital Puppetry Guild with support from The Puppet Slam Network. Hosted by internationally acclaimed puppet duo and NCPG members, Alex and Olmsted!  

The National Capital Puppet Slam highlights the excellence of artists in our Guild's region as well as the extraordinary talents of puppeteers from New York and Mexico. The Slam will feature: Dirk Joseph's String Theory Theater (Baltimore), Schroeder Cherry (Baltimore), Michael Lamason (Baltimore), Matt-a-Magical (Takoma Park, MD), Marianne Ross (Bethesda, MD), Emily Schubert (Baltimore), The Stringpullers (Ithaca, NY), and Paradox Teatro (Mexico).

2020 Festival Schedule: SATURDAY, August 22nd

Saturday, August 22

9am-11am EST: Saturday Morning Puppet Shows! (Show) 

This program is FREE to the public and although Festival registration is highly encouraged,

it is not required to attend this event.  

The National Capital Puppetry Festival presents a FREE program for all ages!  Inspired by Saturday cartoons of yore, "Saturday Morning Puppet Shows" is an entertaining program of short-form puppet theater hosted by internationally acclaimed puppet duo and NCPG members, Alex and Olmsted!  

Featuring the extraordinary talents of the Guild's region: String Theory Theater (Baltimore), Schroeder Cherry (Baltimore), Kathy Fahey (Baltimore), Beech Tree Puppets (Greenbelt, MD), and Alex and Olmsted (Takoma Park, MD) .  Tuning in from across the US and beyond are Hobey Ford (North Carolina) and David Stephens (Atlanta) and International guest artists Paradox Teatro (Mexico) with their piece “La Aventura del Pingüino.” 

 

11am-12:30pm EST: A Window into Trauma, the Brain & Beliefs with Mindy Early (Workshop)

1pm-2:30pm EST: Teatro Lambe Lambe “Theatre for One” By Fagner Gastaldon (Workshop)

3pm-4:30pm EST: Puppetry 101: A Puppetry Playshop with Aretta Baumgartner (Workshop)

4:30pm- 6pm EST: Symposium on Puppetry and Social Justice #1: Healing our Brands. Honoring Mr. Bruce Cannon (Virtual Field Trip!)

8pm-9pm ET: Pot Pourri (Open Mic)

2020 Festival Schedule: Sunday, August 23rd

Sunday, August 23

9am-11am EST: Re-Run of Saturday Morning Puppet Shows! (Show) 

The National Capital Puppetry Festival presents a FREE program for all ages!  Inspired by Saturday cartoons of yore, "Saturday Morning Puppet Shows" is an entertaining program of short-form puppet theater hosted by internationally acclaimed puppet duo and NCPG members, Alex and Olmsted!  

Featuring the extraordinary talents of the Guild's region: String Theory Theater (Baltimore), Schroeder Cherry (Baltimore), Kathy Fahey (Baltimore), Beech Tree Puppets (Greenbelt, MD), and Alex and Olmsted (Takoma Park, MD) .  Tuning in from across the US and beyond are Hobey Ford (North Carolina) and David Stephens (Atlanta) and International guest artists Paradox Teatro (Mexico) with their piece “La Aventura del Pingüino.” 

This program is FREE to the public and although Festival registration is highly encouraged, it is not required to attend this event.  

 

11am-12:30pm EST: Green Screen in Miniature with Conni Mulligan (Workshop)

1pm-2:30pm EST: Pocket Crankies! with Katherine Fahey of the Lantern Sisters (Workshop)

3pm-4:30pm EST: Constructing a Multipart Shadow Puppet with Kat Pleviak (Workshop)

5pm-6pm EST: The Perils of Mr. Punch by Modern Times Theater (Show)

This updated classic follows the troubles and travails of puppetry’s favorite

loudmouth, Mr. Punch. Nothing ever goes right– his dog looks suspiciously like a skunk, his baby doesn’t behave, and crocodiles appear around every corner. Currently Mr.  Punch is being harassed by a sneezing virus!  The skillfully operated hand puppets are made of garbage and up-cycled material, and are chock full of surprises and tricks, as is the elaborate stage.

The show is rounded out with live music played on a variety of instruments, from the cornet to the bicycle pump. It’s a low-tech old-time spectacle, entertaining to children of all ages: from one to one hundred.

7pm-8pm EST: The Puppet Ice Cream Social (Closing event)