Lisa the Wise

by Sarah Nolen, Resident Artist

When Lisa, a brave young girl with a heart of gold, meets Baba Yaga, the most famous witch in the woods, an epic battle of wits ensues. Dancing houses, enchanted dolls, and hilarious "ghost servants" bring this classic Russian fairy tale to life with a contemporary twist. Imaginative shadow puppetry lights the way in this hilariously spooky story about the experiences that make us wise.

Recommended for ages 4 and up. Shadow puppets. Length: 40 minutes. 

For pricing and schedule availability, please contact Box Office Manager Paul Watkins at 617-731-6400 x 101 or e-mail

About the Artist

Sarah Nolen became Puppet Showplace Theater's third-ever resident artist in September 2017.  Her shadow adaptation of the Baba Yaga story, Lisa the Wise, debuted in October 2017 as part of the Fall Fairy Tale Festival. A new production, The Fairy Tailor, will have its world premiere in February 2018. Sarah stays busy teaching camps and classes for all ages pre-k to adult, consulting on puppetry projects for theaters and cultural institutions, and running the theater's "Hatchery" program for new works development.

Known for her versatile, witty, and innovative work across multiple puppetry styles, Sarah most recently worked as a builder for Acheson Walsh Studios and performer for the immersive show Pip's Island in New York City. She has also toured internationally as part of the ensemble for Reverse Cascade.

Originally from Austin, Texas, Sarah earned her BFA in film from Southern Methodist University in 2009, and MFA in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut in 2016. Sarah has performed as a puppeteer for the Boston Pops Orchestra, EnvisionFEST Hartford, and The Out of Bounds Festival in Austin. In addition to her work in puppetry, Sarah is an experienced filmmaker and comedy improv performer.

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