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Festival Spotlight

Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Stage Play

Rustwerk Refinery (Canada)

9/23, 4:30 pm, Next Stage Arts Project, Putney tickets

There are special School Show presentations on
9/21, 9 &11am, Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro

Contact our School Show Coordinator
to book your school group today!  More info below

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 comic strip, this piece is part adventure story, part history lesson, and a completely fascinating theatrical event

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Chester Brown, this brilliant staging addresses the trial of Louis Riel, who led a 19th century rebellion of indigenous Métis people in western Canada against the English government in Ottawa, to retain the rights to their Manitoba land.  An epic live-action version of the comic strip that is part adventure story, part history lesson, and a completely fascinating theatrical event, this award winning show works with a new puppetry style and aesthetic inspired by Chester Brown’s marvelous artistry. The 2 dimensional puppets whose simplicity belies their capacity for effective storytelling, play with our notions of what puppets can do, revealing a rugged and treacherous landscape both in life and politics.


a dazzling pageant of two dimensional puppetry

– The Montreal Gazette

…Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Stage Play is a haunting yet funny look at a man whose life continues to defy lazy hagiography, popping out of our country’s history with colour and passion in the 130 years since he walked to the gallows.

– Sarah Deshaies, Cult Montreal


RustWerk ReFinery was founded in 2007 by Zach Fraser and Attila Clemann. Both playmakers work in all aspects of theatre, as directors, designers, teachers, performers and writers. RustWerk ReFinery is Zach and Attila’s forum for a rough and frayed theatrical aesthetic that reveals the glow of the inner human condition. Since 2007, The company has toured extensively with their festival hit …and Stockings For the Ladies, presented at throughout eastern and central Canada, and New York. Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Stage Play is the company’s second full-length production, and this will be it’s first presentation in the US.


Whose Woods are these?

A special opportunity for students to engage with a history of indigenous land rights and colonization with these special showing of Louis Riel for groups of 4 – 8th graders.
Study Guide and resource lists for students.

September 21
9 & 11am

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This year we’ve teamed 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, a very exciting Professional Day (for teachers and therapists) and more!
Please visit their website for full schedule and registration!

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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, Chroma and the Brattleboro Savings & Loan. 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. Please contact us for more information on accessibility options that we can provide.