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Puppets in the Green Mountains is proud to present


In a dark comedy about the economy and learning differences

9/22, 4:30 PM, New England Youth Theatre, Brattleboro tickets
9/22, 8 PM, New England Youth Theatre, Brattleboro tickets

“Sharp, funny and vastly entertaining”, Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

“Meet Fred is an ingeniously conceived, hilarious and truly unmissable piece of theatre”. (Broadway Baby)

“Prepare to be tickled and devastated in equal measure”
(The Upcoming)

Sandglass Theater is proud to present Hijinx Theatre’s production, Meet Fred as part of the Puppets in the Green Mountains festival this September.

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).Hijinx, the remarkable company that brings us Meet Fred,  specializes in inclusive theater, an ensemble made up of actors with learning differences and actors without learning differences. Darkly funny, yet bitingly direct, Meet Fred addresses our assumptions about people with developmental differences, and ultimately highlights their capabilities to be the real heroes in life and in art. The show works with the parallels between the life of a puppet, and the differently-abled artists who were part of the devising process. The relationship of dependence and interdependence that exists between Fred and his puppeteers mirrors the situation that many people with learning and developmental differences face in their everyday life. The show walks a masterful line between a strong political message, and a hilarity that is all the more ridiculous when seen through the eyes of the puppet hero, Fred.

Contains strong language and puppet nudity.

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Thanks to NEFA for supporting Hijinx Theatre’s Meet Fred at the festival!

Funding for Hijinx was provided in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

The Puppets in the Green Mountains festival would not be possible without the generous support of our funders, sponsors, community members, board members, and incredible volunteers.

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. Sign language interpretation available on request. Please contact us for more information on accessibility options that we can provide info@sandglasstheater.org.

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