Puppets in the Green Mountains

Sandglass Theater is proud to announce the roster of
Performances, Workshops, Special Events, Interviews and Exhibits!




Shows for Adults


Babylon: Journeys of Refugees

Sandglass Theater (VT)
9/20 & 9/21 @ 8pm
New England Youth Theatre

Seven puppets in need of asylum wash up on a metaphorical shore. Fleeing from Syria, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Burundi, one from another century, these refugees share their stories. Real life testimony blends with fictitious figures as we witness the actors themselves wrestle with how we respond to the issues of displacement and resettlement. More

A Hunger Artist

Sinking Ship Productions (NY)
9/21 & 9/22 @ 8pm
New England Youth Theatre

This darkly comic, visually-striking adaptation of the Franz Kafka short story uses physical theater, Victorian miniatures, puppetry, and a set of simple props to support a powerhouse solo performance. A Hunger Artist throws light onto the extent of self deprivation that a person or artist will go to, in order to feed the phenomenon of spectacle that we as audience consume, exploit and forget. More

Meet Fred

Hijinx Theatre (UK)
9/22 @ 4:30 & 8pm
New England Youth Theatre

Darkly funny, yet bitingly direct, Meet Fred addresses our assumptions about people with developmental differences, and ultimately highlights their capabilities to be heroes in life and in art. As pioneers in inclusive theater, this company featuresan ensemble made up of actors with and without learning differences, and a little cloth puppet who must navigate an unjust world. More

Shows for All Ages

Mr. Ruraru’s Yard

The Puppet and its Double (Taiwan)
9/22 @ 11am & 2pm
Hilltop Montessori

Adapted from the award-winning book by the well-known Japanese children’s author Ito Hiroshi, Mr. Ruraru’s Yard
is a story that celebrates the joy of coexistence. Told entirely without words, this evocative story is a sensory feast for people of all ages. Driftwood and found natural objects coupled with a beautifully crafted, table-top puppet to bring a vivid and elaborate landscape to life. More
*Performed entirely without text

The Joshua Show

Joshua Holden (NY)
9/23 @ 11am  @ 2pm
Hilltop Montessori

Mr. Nicolas, the hand puppet, can never seem to find his place in the w orld, and their frank discussions are warm, funny, and honest. With singing, tapping, and a cast of zany puppets, this show will have you smiling with contagious joy. Joshua, often likened to Mr. Rogers, is known for his sympathetic and inspiring performances for children. More

Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Stage Play

Rustwerk Refinery (Canada)
9/21 @ 9am & 11am School Shows (book your school)
9/23 @ 4:30pm
Next Stage Arts Project

Recommended for ages 9 and up.
Based on real events: Louis 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. An epic live-action version of an award winning Canadian graphic novel, Louis Riel is part adventure story, part history lesson, and a completely fascinating theatrical event.
A special presentation of Louis Riel: A Comic Stage Play for schools on Friday 9/21. Co




Workshops & Special Events


The Dark Crystal (Film)

9/19 @ 7pm
Latchis Theatre
Screening, fan films and a talk with Cheryl Henson at the Latchis Arts Main Theater Henson is currently in production for the greatly anticipated prequel to The Dark Crystal. This memorable classic has an enthusiastic fan base, and many have created inventive fan flics which will be shared before the screening of the film. Cheryl Henson will give a brief talk and conduct a question and answer session.

Gala Celebration

9/20 @ 5:30pm
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

Come meet the visiting artist and enjoy a sumptuous array of sweet and savory bites, drinks, live music, and an exclusive pop-up performance. Followed by the festival’s opening show: Sandglass Theater’s Babylon.

Keynote: Tracy Broyles

9/21 @ 5:30pm
Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

Drawing on the profound influences of Resistance Artists in South Africa; practices taught to her by John O’Neal of the Free Southern Theater; and the contributions of countless communities and artists; Broyles, former artistic director of Spiral Q theater, will deconstruct methodologies in the creation of collaborative puppet performances and processional theater to create a more inclusive, resilient and just world.

Festival Club

9/20 @ 10pm
Whetstone Station

Relax with friends and festival puppeteers, Sandglass Staff, and speakers on the rooftop overlooking the Connecticut River. Enjoy drinks, appetizers, and perhaps a few surprises!

Puppeteers of America:


Puppet Cabaret
9/21 @ 10pm
118 Elliot

Be awed and amazed, dazed and confused, bedazzled and bewildered at this “open-mic” for Puppeteers of America members. Special guest host for the evening is the versatile Ragliacci Rags. 

Puppet Mutiny SLAM
9/22 @ 10pm
Latchis Theatre

Late night anthology of curated short puppetry for adults presented by innovative and talented contemporary performers. A mix of classical forms to the experimental cutting edge. Hosted by Joshua Holden with music by Jeb Colwell.

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Puppet Homecoming Workshops

9/22 & 9/23
School for International Training

Learn more about puppetry, or expand your skills. Take a workshop from professional puppeteers, artists, and educators. For ages 12 and up. Cost $15 each session ($10 for Puppeteers of America members).

See workshop descriptions and register here

Professional Day for the Teaching Artist and Therapist

8am – 3:30pm
School for International Training

A full day of presentations and discussion on using Puppetry in education
and therapy.- $30

See full descriptions and register here


Access Through The Arts

Lunchtime Interviews

All Interviews @ 12:00pm
118 Elliot
$5 suggested donation

1: Honoring human rights through the hearing and telling of stories of asylum seekers

Steve Crofter, Community Asylum Seekers Project

Kalob Martinez, Sandglass Theater

2: Changing our perception of disability through an inclusive theater practice in the UK and in Vermont

Laura Lawson Tucker and Darlene Jenson, Theatre Adventure Program NEYT

Ben Pettit-Wade, Hijinx Theatre

3: Enriching communities through the development of artist spaces in Taiwan and in Vermont

Robert McBride, Rockingham Arts and Museum Project

Chia-yin Cheng, Puppet and It’s Double Theater



Art Works

Exhibits and Store

Exhibit of art works by Ines Zeller Bass

Invitations: My Other World

Through November
Next Stage Arts

Artist statement: The characters in my pictures are like puppets on a stage. They wait patiently in the wings of my fantasy until they are ready to step out to perform their act. But unlike the puppet they don’t retreat back into the darkness but stay in their framed world always there to perform.

The way I approach a piece of puppet theater is the same as my approach to a picture: every moment on stage, just as the moment held on a piece of paper, suggests a life before entering and after leaving the stage or the picture. The mystery of what was before and what might be after remains with the audience or the spectator. An invitation is offered.

Pop Up exhibit and store

9/22, 10AM–6PM
118 Elliot

See hand-made puppets by American artists, antique and classical puppets from around the world, and meet some of the puppeteers. The Pop-Up Puppetry Store will offer unique crafted items including puppets, crafts, books, and puppetry supplies to create your own puppet show.


Funding for the Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival was provided in part by The Clowes Fund, The Bay & Paul Foundation, The New England Foundation for the Arts, Puppeteers of America, The Thomas Thomson Trust, The Vermont Arts Council, The Vermont Community Foundation, The Windham Foundation, Taipei cultural Center in New York, Chroma, the Brattleboro Savings & Loan and C&S Wholesale Grocers.


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. Please contact us for more information on accessibility options that we can provide.

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