Jewish Puppet Shows

 

Fox Fables (אגדות שועל)

Sheepdog
Sheepdog

Puppet by Creaturiste

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Fox Fables in Thailand!
Fox Fables in Thailand!

with puppeteer Chad Williams

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The Fox!
The Fox!

Puppet by Creaturiste

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What makes you - YOU? 

Fox Fables is a combination of several Aesop's Fables, inspired by the works of the 12th century storyteller Rabbi Berechiah ha-Nakdan.

 

The story is about a fox who loses his precious tail and with it his identity. He tries to be several other animals instead - with hilarious results - before realizing the moral lesson of this ancient fable.

 

Themes in this tale include self-worth, anti-bullying, test taking, and the five senses.

Puppet show in a traditional puppet booth

35-40 minutes long

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Fox Fables was selected for the first International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC and the Siam Paragon World Fascinating Puppets Festival in Thailand. It has been presented at Symphony Space and the 14th Street Y Theater.
"This sweet little adventure, a mix of ancient fables, is wonderfully performed ... and is not without its lessons in self-worth and anti-bullying." - Theater Review NYC

Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup

Two Grandmothers
Two Grandmothers

Puppets designed and built by Lindsey 'Z.' Briggs

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Monkey King
Monkey King

Monkey King battles the Tong Demon! Photo by Richard Termine

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Sophie and her Grandmothers
Sophie and her Grandmothers

Puppets designed and built by Lindsey 'Z.' Briggs

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Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup was selected for the 2021 International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC and the 2018 La MaMa Puppet Festival. It premiered at the 14th Street Y Theater.

"Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup" is a puppet show based on the beloved PJ Library book by Pamela Mayer.

 

The story revolves around two grandmothers, one Jewish and one Chinese, who come up with elaborate ways to show their granddaughter that their cultural heritage (their chicken soup) is the best. We visit the Book of Ruth as well as the Monkey King.

 

The themes in this story include mixed-race families, cultural heritage, and the joy of cooking.

Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup was incubated and premiered at the 14th St Y Theater.

Puppet show in a traditional puppet booth

35-40 minutes long

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The Hidden Challah

Max is searching for challah bread
Max is searching for challah bread

Puppet by Creaturiste

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Yes - we do a Sukkot version too!
Yes - we do a Sukkot version too!

"The Lost Lulav"

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Yes - we do a Hanukkah version too!
Yes - we do a Hanukkah version too!

"The Lost Latkes"

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Oy Vey!  There's a challah thief on the prowl, and no Jewish bread is safe! 

 

Join Mystery Max as we search for clues, meet crazy characters, sing songs and apprehend the culprit. Whodunit?

Themes in this story include resolving conflict, persisting through challenges, engaging in conversation and identifying and expressing emotions appropriately.

YES!  We do holiday versions of this show for Hannukah, Passover, Sukkot, and more!

Puppet show in a traditional puppet booth

35-40 minutes long

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The Troll that Stole Hanukkah

The Apprentice
The Apprentice

Searching for missing Hanukkah things... Puppets by Z. Briggs and Chad Williams

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The Monsters!
The Monsters!

The Troll that Stole Hanukkah Puppets by Z. Briggs and Chad Williams

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Apprentice and Troll
Apprentice and Troll

The Troll that Stole Hanukkah Puppets by Z. Briggs and Chad Williams

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It's a Hanukkah emergency!

When a fuzzy troll steals the Rabbi's menorah, it's up to the most unlikely person to overcome monstrous challenges to get it back.

This extremely silly Hanukkah tale is about mindfulness, making friends, empathy, and problem solving.

Puppet show in a traditional puppet booth

35-40 minutes long

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Esther Saves the Day!  (Purim)

Mordechai
Mordechai

Puppets by Z. Briggs

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The evil Haman!
The evil Haman!

Puppet by Z. Briggs

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Esther, future queen
Esther, future queen

Puppet by Z. Briggs

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When the evil Haman threatens the Jews of Persia, it's up to the brave Esther and her clever uncle Mordecai to save the day in this puppet Purim Spiel.

 

Beauty contests, a partying King and a lottery of doom await in this extremely silly Megillah.

 

Can our heroes unravel Haman's plot in time to save the Jews of Persia?

Go, Esther, Go!

Puppet show in a traditional puppet booth

35-40 minutes long

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The Silent Shofar  (Rosh Hashanah)

Are these things a shofar?
Are these things a shofar?
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Daisy the ram
Daisy the ram
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It's Rosh Hashanah Eve and there's a big problem - the Temple's shofar is gone!  A mysterious salesman has the answer: The Silent Shofar, a magical horn that "only good people can hear".

 

 Baa along with Daisy the Ram in this very silly retelling of The Emperor's New Clothes.

Puppet show in a traditional puppet booth

35-40 minutes long

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Ash & Solly (Yom Kippur)

Ashmedai and The Baby
Ashmedai and The Baby

Puppets by Z. Briggs and Chad Williams

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Ashmedai and the Whale
Ashmedai and the Whale

Puppets by Z. Briggs and Chad Williams

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The Shady Banker
The Shady Banker

Puppets by Z. Briggs

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The world's first and only Jewish Punch & Judy show!

 

The tricky Ashmedai does whatever he wants and never apologizes. Rather than face trouble, he defeats it with hilarious gags and silly songs. Will he ever learn to say sorry and do Teshuvah (repent)?

This original story remixes the Jewish fable of King Solomon and Ashmedai with the English tradition of Punch & Judy. Jonah and the Whale also make an appearance.

Themes include saying sorry, being a good person, standing against injustice and babysitting.

Puppet show in a traditional puppet booth

35-40 minutes long

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