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Pinocchio

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Pinocchio

Based on the works of Carlo Collodi
Adapted for the stage by Company Members Joseph Steakley and Ben Lobpries
Directed by Company Member Chris Mathews

March 28 — May 19, 2019 at Chopin Theatre

 

WORLD PREMIERE

A tall tale about telling the truth

The House brings to life the classic fairy tale of a wooden boy who wishes to become real. Carved from an enchanted stump in a charred forest, toy-shop owner Geppetto's puppet child flourishes. The growing Pinocchio devours books and the complex worlds they reveal. He relishes musicals and the emotional ride they offer. And he longs to sink his adolescent teeth into real relationships and conversations beyond the walls of his storefront home. There must be more out there! But his protective father keeps Pinocchio's wild branches trimmed back, and forbids venturing out. A method sure to inspire rebellion in this precocious, curious not-quite-real young man. 

 

Pinocchio will be portrayed by a stunning, life-size Bunraku-inspired puppet, created and crafted by Chicago Puppet Studios.

 

Funny, imaginative, and moving, Pinocchio explores how the lies we tell ourselves hurt those we love.

 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Chicago Reader

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED NewCity Chicago

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Chicago Theatre Review

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED The Fourth Walsh

★★★ Chicago Tribune

RECOMMENDED Windy City Times

RECOMMENDED Picture This Post

 

TIMES: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm, though Sunday 3/31 and 4/7 are at 7:00pm only.
PRICES: $20-$50
BOX OFFICE: 773-769-3832

AGES: Recommended for adults and ages 11 and up - Read the Parent’s Guide
RUN TIME: 2 hours including one 15 minute intermission.

GROUPS: Save 15% or more when you bring 10+ people!

 

Production Sponsors: Scott Hughes, David Shapiro, The Elizabeth F Cheney Foundation, The Pauls Foundation

Show Dates: Mar 28 2019 to May 19 2019 Location:

Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St, Chicago

Director:

Writer:

Cast:

  • Geppetto
  • Sean Garratt
    Pinocchio
  • Doohickey
  • Mike Mazzocca
    Bang On
  • Karissa Murrell Myers
    Blue Fairy
  • Tina Muñoz Pandya
    Yim-Yam
  • Carley Cornelius
    Kitty
  • Omer Abbas Salem
    Dingo
  • Brandon Rivera
    Romeo
  • Jenni M Hadley
    Understudy
  • Brent LeBlanc
    Understudy
  • Steven Romero Schaeffer
    Understudy
  • David Corlew
    Understudy

Artists:

  • Joe Schermoly
    Scenic Designer
  • Alexander Ridgers
    Lighting Designer
  • Anna Wooden
    Costume Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Composer
  • Tom Lee and Chicago Puppet Studio
    Puppet Designers
  • Kasey Foster
    Choreographer
  • Jamie Karas
    Props Designer
  • Director of Casting
  • Stage Manager
Pinocchio at The House—Puppeteering and Imagination

Puppet Designer Tom Lee and performer Sean Garratt share what it's like to create one of the most iconic puppets in storytelling history!

PINOCCHIO at The House Theatre of Chicago

Pinocchio comes to life in our new adaptation of the classic tall tale!

Reviews for Pinocchio

“The best puppet in town.”
— Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

 

“It's a Pinocchio for our time.”
— Catey Sullivan, Reader Chicago

 

“The production boasts The House Theatre of Chicago's customary skill, creativity and panache.”
Jonathon Abarbanel, Windy City Times

 

“[The] House has created these moving, richly wrought relationships and this is one of their great ones.”
— Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

 

“All heart and full sincerity...this show truly comes to life.”
Ben Kaye, NewCity Stage

 

“[T]he script keeps the show on swift footsteps with its humor. The laughs emerge effortlessly, a reminder that the serious business of growing up is much easier when it also includes a healthy dose of funny business.”
Susan Lieberman, Picture this Post

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS EVENT, PRE-SHOW ON THURSDAY, APRIL 11

Getting a group of friends together for an evening of festivities is hard enough—let us do the planning! Enjoy a pre-show happy hour with playwrights Ben Lobpries and Joey Steakley before embarking on Pinocchio’s tall tale. One drink and food generously provided by Whole Foods Lakeview are included with your ticket to the 8pm show for just $35!

 

THEATRE THURSDAY, THURSDAY APRIL 18

Take pride in the unique, risky, bold, and incredible new work happening on Chicago stages year-round. Each Theatre Thursday event features an inside look at the creative process behind a never-before-seen production.

Before the show at 6:30pm, professional dramaturg Derek Matson hosts an Insider Intro with playwrights Joseph Steakley and Ben Lobpries. We’ll hear them reveal their process of adapting this story, and personalizing Pinocchio's journey.

Snacks will be generously provided by Whole Foods Lakeview!

Tickets are just $30 inclusive for the pre-show event, food, and show!
Use code THTH at checkout so we know you are attending the pre-show event.

Get Tickets for Theatre Thursday

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES AT PINOCCHIO

Friday, May 3, 2019:Open Captioned performance (8pm)

Sunday, May 5, 2019: Touch Tour (2pm) and Audio Described and Relaxed/Sensory-friendly performance (3pm)

Discounted tickets for Sensory-Friendly, Open Caption, and Audio Description are offered with code “ACCESS”. Questions? Call us at (773) 769-3832 or email us at access@thehousetheatre.com.

Learn more about ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES