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, fantastical photo ops, 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 SILENT Auction Items

Auction closes at 8:30 pm on June 7th

Two Tickets to The Center for Puppetry Arts + JetBlue Flights to Atlanta
See Avenue Q in New York City and Go Backstage to Meet the Cast
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 stays
Day passes for kayaking, museum outings, trampolining, and more!

FEATURED Performers


Members of the School of Honk Brass Band
Cast and Creatures of the Midnight Zoo
Women's Mask Ensemble
Shadow Puppetry Production Lab Alumni
 Veronica Barron, Amanda Bowman, Phil Berman, Caitlin Brzezinski, Paul Vincent davis, Faye Dupras, Bryan Eyeberg, Amanda Gibson, Honey Goodenough, Lisa Joyce, Harry LaCoste, John Lechner, Tony Leva, Kelly Malone, Chris Monti, Margaret Moody, Sally Moore, Jacob Schachter, Libby Schap, Brad Shur, Kate Sokol, Scotty Swan, Lindsey Wagner, Nick Wickstrom, Jacek Zuzanski


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.