A child’s wish for her dying grandmother to have “a happy sleep” results in a bawdy, Japanese shadow-dream; a pair of bird-headed spinsters suddenly find themselves custodians of a large, glowing egg; a lonely toy carriage embarks upon a jaunty odyssey in search of buried dreams. Employing handcrafted tabletop and shadow puppets, Mariposa Nocturna explores loss, longing and rebirth in this gently humorous, darkly beautiful and emotionally resonant work.
In honor of the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), we welcome you to bring a photo of a loved one who’s passed on to contribute to the community altar.
Mariposa Nocturna runs 55 minutes and is not recommended for audiences under the age of 8.
Mariposa Nocturna was developed in residence with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and also, in part, at the 2013 Eugene O’Neill National Puppetry Conference