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
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.
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.
Production Sponsors: Scott Hughes, David Shapiro, The Elizabeth F Cheney Foundation, The Pauls FoundationShow Dates: Mar 28 2019 to May 19 2019 Location:
Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St, Chicago
Mike MazzoccaBang On
Karissa Murrell MyersBlue Fairy
Tina Muñoz PandyaYim-Yam
Omer Abbas SalemDingo
Jenni M HadleyUnderstudy
Steven Romero SchaefferUnderstudy
- Sean GarrattPinocchio
- Miss Penny
- Mike MazzoccaBang On
- Karissa Murrell MyersBlue Fairy
- Tina Muñoz PandyaYim-Yam
- Carley CorneliusKitty
- Omer Abbas SalemDingo
- Brandon RiveraRomeo
- Jenni M HadleyUnderstudy
- Brent LeBlancUnderstudy
- Steven Romero SchaefferUnderstudy
- David CorlewUnderstudy
Joe SchermolyScenic Designer
Alexander RidgersLighting Designer
Anna WoodenCostume Designer
Tom Lee and Chicago Puppet StudioPuppet Designers
Jamie KarasProps Designer
Director of Casting
- Joe SchermolyScenic Designer
- Alexander RidgersLighting Designer
- Anna WoodenCostume Designer
- Sound Designer
- Tom Lee and Chicago Puppet StudioPuppet Designers
- Kasey FosterChoreographer
- Jamie KarasProps Designer
- Director of Casting
- Stage Manager
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 comes to life in our new adaptation of the classic tall tale!
“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.
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 email@example.com.