Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wightman Mansion
43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Make Imagination Accessible for All...

Join us for an enchanted evening of entertainment as we raise a glass to support imaginative puppetry experiences for diverse audiences of all ages! Encounter fantastical characters great and small as you explore the halls of a stately Brookline mansion. Discover unique treasures in our benefit auction as you savor culinary delights and mingle with New England’s master puppeteers. The evening also features live music, a fantastical photo booth, complimentary wine and beer, and more!

Puppetry Performances - Live Music - Photo Booth
Culinary Delights - Free Wine & Beer - Silent Auction


$75 - $1000

R.S.V.P. by May 24th
All tickets $100 after deadline.


The Puppet Showplace Theater Gala is a family-friendly event. Children 12 and under attend for free.



Melinda Lopez, Award-Winning Boston Playwright

Melinda Lopez is a playwright, actress, and educator. She is the inaugural playwright-in-residence at the Huntington Theatre Company and a past Huntington Playwriting Fellow. Most recently she appeared in Grand Concourse with SpeakEasy Stage, and wrote and performed her solo show Mala at ArtsEmerson. Melinda has received multiple Elliot Norton and IRNE awards for her work, and was the first recipient of the Charlotte Woolard Award, given by the Kennedy Center to a "promising new voice in American Theatre." Melinda is a proud parent, and is active in Boston's Cuban American community.


Brad Shur, Resident Artist
2017 Paul Vincent Davis Award


BRAD SHUR has been Puppet Showplace Theater's resident artist since 2009. During that time, he has created 4 original touring productions, designed and built puppets for clients from across the region, taught puppetry to hundreds of students ages pre-k to adult, collaborated with numerous cultural partners and non-profits, and overseen the design and production of the massive Midnight Zoo outdoor performance at the Franklin Park Zoo. This year, we recognize his contributions to the puppetry community with a special presentation of the Paul Vincent Davis award. 


FEATURED Performers


The Midnight Zoo Ensemble
Shadow Puppet Production Lab Alumni
The Puppeteers Cooperative
Women's Mask Ensemble

Resident Artist Brad Shur
Puppet Slam Performers
Incubator Artists
...and more!


Featured Auction Items

Day of summer fun on a private New Hampshire beach
Guided behind-the-scenes tour at the Franklin Park Zoo
Seasonal wine and beer tasting at The Fireplace restaurant
Toy store shopping spree at Henry Bear's Park
Local Bed and Breakfast stay
Day passes for kayaking, museum outings, trampolining, and more!

Food and drink


All contributions support Puppet Showplace Theater's mission to bring outstanding professional puppetry
to diverse audiences
through performances, workshops, and community outreach activities.