Puppets in the Green Mountains

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Opening the Doors

September 20 – 23

Sandglass Theater is excited to announce our 10th Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival: Opening the Doors. This September, theater companies from the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Canada and the United States will appear in venues throughout Brattleboro and Putney, VT, exploring themes of Access and Inclusion — highlighted by a keynote speaker to focus us on the dynamic relationship between activism and the art of puppetry. This exciting festival of performances, workshops, community dialogues, exhibits, and a unique puppet slam will celebrate the rich world of Puppet Theater, through which we connect, learn, play, and engage!

Festival line up

HIJINX in association with BLIND SUMMIT (UK)
Meet Fred

Fred just wants to be part of the real world, get a job, meet a girl. But Fred, being a little cloth puppet, must face incredible prejudice every day. His life begins to spiral out of control when threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), and if forced to give up one of his puppeteers.

Mr Ruraru’s Yard

A contemporary Japanese children’s book brought to life. This evocative non-verbal piece for families explores the idea of sharing space, as we follow Mr Ruraru’s escalating efforts to try and keep his backyard tame and free of nature and its critters.

Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Stage Play

Riel sits in a courtroom; a judge stands ready to sentence him to death by hanging, and he must plead his case for native land rights against the colonizing power. In Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Stage Play, Rustwerk Refinery brings an important piece of Canadian history to life through this bold portrayal of a controversial hero.


Sandglass Theater’s newest piece tells the story of today’s refugees: their sense of home, their arduous journeys and the challenges of resettlement. Performed by puppets and actors with moving panoramas known as crankies, Babylon weaves together the stories of people recently resettled from Syria, Afghanistan, El Salvador and Burundi. The blending of actual testimony with imagined figures gives a personal glimpse into this global crisis.

SINKING SHIP Productions (USA)
A Hunger Artist

This visually-striking adaptation of the Kafka story uses physical theater, Victorian miniatures, puppetry, and a set of simple props to support a powerhouse solo performance. What begins as a simple nostalgic story transforms into a startlingly inventive, darkly comic trip into the nature of memory, art, performance, and spectatorship, as told by the only person who remembers an artist whose act was simply… to hunger.

The Joshua Show: Episode 2

Mr. Nicholas, the notorious grump, is planning an escape to outer space. With singing,tap dancing, and a cast of zany puppets, Joshua sets out to convince Mr. Nicholas to stay, and in doing so, he brings glee to the masses. Relax your smile muscles now because The Joshua Show: Episode 2 will have you smiling from ear to ear with contagious joy.

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This 10th edition of Puppets in the Green Mountains presents magical events that speak to every person’s experience, and that share a world of infinite creative possibility. By melding both festival performances and community-wide discussions, Sandglass seeks to underscore the powerful importance of the arts’ role in addressing and inspiring personal engagement with national and international issues from a community level.CLICK HEREThe 2018 Puppets in the Green Mountain festival is supported by Puppeteers of America, the Thomas Thompson Trust, the Vermont Arts Council,  New England Foundation for the Arts, and local supporters and sponsors.


All venues in the Puppets in the Green Mountains festival are wheelchair-accessible.
If you need priority seating, parking, or any assistance when you arrive, be sure to let us know when purchasing tickets. We welcome people of all abilities, and strive to provide programming that is inclusive and accessible to all. There will be sign language interpretation. Please contact us for more information on accessibility options that we can provide.


This year we’re teaming up with the Puppeteers of America Regional festival: Puppet Homecoming, bringing regional puppeteers and puppet enthusiasts to Brattleboro for an intensive weekend of workshops, cabaret performances, puppetry exhibits, and more!        CLICK HERE
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