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    Photo by Stephanie Richardson
    "Prologue" by Caitlin Reeves and Emma Yarbrough
By Various Artists
2013-14 New Directions Series for Adults & Teens

May 15 - 18, 2014
Downstairs Theater
Ages 18 & up ONLY
For Mature Audiences

•Thurs-Sat: 8pm
•Sun: 5pm

Every year, dozens of artists come together in Xperimental Puppetry Theater (XPT), a program that offers professional and emerging artists the opportunity to explore and experiment, creating original and bold puppet theater guaranteed to inspire and surprise adult audiences.

Beer and wine bar available.

Show lineup:

•“Dark Night of the Meat,” a film about a steak who has an existential crisis

•“Forgotten Love,” a Bollywood inspired story with finger puppets and an original score in Hindi

•“HueMan: He Volution,” a romp through gender stereotypes

•“Learning to Fly,” the story of two flirtatious coworkers about to make a difficult choice

•“Lemonade Stand,” a film about a journey to find a lemonade Shangri-La in a desolate world

•“Monkey Branes,” a film set in a control room where deranged monkeys feverishly command their vessel

•“Monster Guard,” a new spin on the classic “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” story

•“Mr. Punch and the National Club Association,” a satirization of the National Rifle Association

•“Mutabilitie Cantos,” stop-motion animations featuring a terrible beast taking on seemingly mundane tasks

•“Third Saturday,” featuring an unremarkable man who robs a bank once a month while his wife is away

•“Typically Tom,” inspired by the writing of Tom Waits, a story of a boy lured into the pages of a book

Join us for an artist talk-back following every performance.

What is XPT?

The nationally recognized Center for Puppetry Arts® in Atlanta, GA is calling for the submission of short puppet theater pieces and films (ten minutes or less) for Xperimental Puppet Theater 2014.

Xperimental Puppetry Theater (XPT) is a program that offers the opportunity for professional and emerging artists to explore and experiment, creating original puppet theater geared to adult audiences.

You can apply as a Project Director with your own show, or as an Individual Member available to participate in the different pieces as a performer, musician, puppet builder, etc.

Proposed pieces must be under ten minutes and may feature a myriad of styles of puppetry: shadows, marionettes, masks, automata, object theater, body puppets, rod puppets, etc.

We also accept short puppet films. Proposed films must be under eight minutes and may be stop-motion, claymation, live manipulation, collage, silhouette, or any other style of puppet film. Accepted films will be archived in the Center’s puppet film library.

We also accept puppetry themed installation art for display within our atrium during the production in May.

We are pleased to offer funding for new works. Project grants up to $450 may be awarded. In addition, rehearsal space, some technical, design, and manipulation assistance may be provided, as available.

Questions? Contact XPT Program Director at

The deadline for project proposals is Jan 23, 2015.

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