For the past nine months, a select group of artists have been hard at work inside the Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse to bring their creations to life. Now you can see the results of their experiments at Labapalooza!, the 15th annual mini festival of new puppet theater. Presented in two programs of three works each, the lineup includes Daniel Patrick Fay and Andrew Livingston’s Point Pleasant, a reenactment of the Mothman monster sightings in Point Pleasant, Virginia, in the ’60s; Nick Lehane’s Chimpanzee, about an aging female chimp in a biomedical facility who looks back on her time living with a human family; and David Commander’s Essex, a toy-theater piece that draws a parallel between the 1819 sinking of a whaling ship and the dangers of looting the Earth’s resources. Come early to view the display of models and prototypes in the Puppet Lab’s gallery.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: May 23. Continues through May 26, 2013