Monthly Archives: November 2011

Kyle Loven presents: "Blink" and "When You Point at the Moon"

Kyle Loven presents:




When You Point at the Moon

two new works in progress

Created & Performed by Kyle Loven

WHAT: Blink & When You Point at the Moon

WHO: Created & Performed by Kyle Loven

WHEN: December 1-5. 2011

Thursday through Monday at 7:00 PM

WHERE: 608 19th Avenue East, at the Little Theatre in Capitol Hill


Blink: a lost installation

This installation piece unearths a lost city made up of lost things. Detailed puppets,

objects, and music combine in this exploration of loss and time. This piece is being

developed through the generous support of the Jim Henson Foundation and the Seattle

Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and will premiere as an evening-length piece in 2012.


Creative Team:

Creator, Performer: Kyle Loven

Dramaturg, Co-Director: Jessica Hatlo

Composer: George Maurer

Sound Designer: Kevin Heard


When You Point at the Moon

An Eastern moon myth warns children to “Never point at the moon or the moon will cut

your ears off!” Inspired by this warning, the piece follows a young boy, the moon, and

the fateful gesture that brings them together. Told in the spirit of a cautionary tale for

adults, this one-man show blends puppetry, sound effects, and a live actor. After

premiering at On the Boards’ 2011 NW New Works Festival in June, When You Point at

the Moon has since toured to Portland and Taipei. This show will expand to an eveninglength

version in 2012, combining multiple moon myths from around the world.


Creative Team:

Creator, Performer: Kyle Loven

Director: Nick Hubbard

Sound Designer: Kevin Heard

Choreographer: Gabrielle Schutz

Press Release for Kyle Loven

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or in advance at:

Pay-What-You-Can performances are December 2 & 5

For press comps please e-mail:



Kyle Loven is currently a Seattle-based artist. His image-driven work combines puppetry,

projections, objects, and other art forms with live actors. In addition to his original creations,

Kyle has worked most extensively with Michael Sommers and Susan Haas’ Open Eye Figure

Theatre but has also performed with Theatre de la Jeune Lune and The Children’s Theatre

Company. His original work has been seen in Amsterdam, Taipei, New York, Minneapolis,

Portland, Orlando, and Seattle. Kyle is the recipient of grants from the Jim Henson Foundation,

4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Jessica Hatlo is a collaborative performance artist specializing in new, generative and crossdisciplinary

work. Collaborators include 14/48, Hedgebrook Women’s Playwright Festival,

Implied Violence, the Satori Group, Kyle Loven, Jessica Jobaris, and Rosa Vissers. Hatlo was a

member/co-artistic director of Washington Ensemble Theatre for 5 years. The Ensemble will be

producing the world premiere of her play STUCK in March 2012. Hatlo and Rosa Vissers’

collaboration PERPETUUM|Mobile will present their performance installation Ora et Labora as

part of Next Fest NW at Velocity Dance Center December 9-11, 2011. Hatlo is also the program

director of Queer Teen Ensemble Theatre (QTET) a Seattle based program for LGBTQ youth.

Kevin Heard is a sound designer and audio engineer currently based in Seattle. Kevin has

worked with many local companies in varying capacities including Seattle Rep, Book-It, Seattle

Shakes, Annex Theatre, and Contemporary Classics.

Nick Hubbard is a Seattle-based performance artist who creates images with shadow theater and

puppetry. He has appeared on local stages including On the Boards, Live Girls!, and Theatre Off

Jackson. He has collaborated with local puppet creator Brian Kooser and playwright Wes

Andrews, and has worked with Jean Enticknap’s Thistle Theatre.

George Maurer is best known as one of Minnesota’s premier jazz pianists, but his musical

collaborations have taken him around the globe as a performer, arranger, and composer. He has

shared the stage with Eric Clapton, arranged music for the Chiffons and written two original

scores for Saint Paul City Ballet. His repertoire includes indie movie soundtracks, 15 CDs,

arrangements for everyone from gospel choirs to rock icons and an always-full itinerary of

George Maurer Trio, Group, and Variety Band performances.

Gabrielle Schutz has been an active member of Seattle’s artistic community since 2007 and has

collaborated with a myriad of companies and artists as a Chorographer, Theatrical Director and

solo Performance Artist. She is currently the Managing Director of Absurd Reality Theatre,

where she has produced and facilitated the creation of several new works in Theatre and Dance.

Gabrielle holds a BA in Theatre from Mesa State College in Colorado.


Puppetry Book Sale – December 4, 2011

Unique opportunity!  Two (2!) puppetry book collections are to be up for sale. This is an incredible opportunity to start or expand your own collection – a necessity for all puppeteers!  Puppeteers Jean Mattson and Bev London are offering their extensive collections for sale. Some books are out of print, so come take advantage.  Have knowledge and resources at your fingertips, plus inspiration galore! Puppetry books cover: history, making, using, scripting, patterns, and using with children, to name just a few categories!

Books will be sold at the Dec. 4, 2011, Puppeteers of Puget Sound meeting

Proportionate proceeds will be donated to the Arlyn Awards which is open to puppeteers worldwide for Outstanding Design in Puppet Theatre.  Trophy & $1000 awarded every two years!

For further details on the Arlyn Award: 

For further details on the Dec. 4 meeting:

NW Puppet Center presents: "Qweti: Tales of the Makah Tribe"

Northwest Puppet Center’s 2011-12 Season of performances begins with “Qweti:  Tales of the Makah Tribe”.  Don’t miss this highly acclaimed show by Carter Family Marionettes.  Created in collaboration with Elders of the Makah Tribe, it is our honor to share these comical tales of Qweti the Trickster.  Having toured the world, Qweti returns to Seattle for only 2 weekends!


Nov. 12-20, 2011

Saturdays at 1pm and 3pm

Sundays at 1pm & 3pm


Advance tickets available anytime online or by phone:

1 (800) 838-3006


Tickets also available at the box office starting 30 minutes before each show.  Admission to the puppet center remains one of the greatest bargains in town for live theater:


Adult $10.50

Child $8.50

Senior $9.00


The start of our season is also your chance to enjoy great savings with a subscription to 5 shows!  Now more affordable than ever:


Adult Subscription $35

Child Subscription $30


Subscriptions available through this link, by phone or ask about it at the box office:

1 (800) 838-3006


Thanks for your support and enjoy the shows!

Meeting: Sunday, December 4, 2011

Join us!  On December 4 starting at 4:15 pm, at the Sunset Hill Community Club (3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA) we will be gathering for our next guild meeting.

First off are general proceedings and updates from the Executive Board.

Then, artists Carol Wolfe Clay and Ki Gottberg sit down with us to share reflections on their process in creating their play for actors and puppets, little world, including a look at the puppets designed and built by Carol:

“Four years ago Carol Wolfe Clay and Ki Gottberg, longtime friends and collaborators in the world of theatre, found themselves living on the same floor in different wards of Seattle Children’s hospital.  One had a child who was now quadriplegic; the other, battling life-threatening cancer.  These two mothers found themselves lost in the deep and complicated process of grief.  Clay retreated to her studio, creating a little world of her own full of handmade puppets; Gottberg brought this little world to life, writing a play inspired by this physical world and reflective of their shared experiences.” (from the production program)

As a special bonus, come at 3pm and see Thistle Theatre’s production of Merry Chris Mouse at no charge:

“A brown mouse family, without a piece of cheese to its name, finds a new home in the wall of a child’s playroom. While exploring, Christine and Christopher discover a tiny white mouse in a cage…plans for a rescue ensue! This is an original heartwarming story of sharing at holiday time. Original songs by Sue Ennis including ‘Carving the Christmas Cheese’.  (

Additionally, two collections of puppetry books will be for sale at the meeting. You won’t want to miss it!

Hope to see you all there!

The Executive Board


Thistle Theatre presents: "Merry Chris Mouse"

Image of mice in Merry Chris Mouse

Thistle Theatre presents:
Merry Chris Mouse
Description of Story:
A brown mouse family, homeless on Christmas Eve, moves into the wall of a child’s playroom. Dismayed at the sight of their disheveled home, mouse twins Christine and Christopher scamper out to scavenge. While exploring, they discover a tiny white mouse in a cage…plans for a rescue ensue! The story is about overcoming hardships and helping others. Featuring Sue Ennis’s delightful song, “Carving the Christmas Cheese”, Merry Chris Mouse is an original heartwarming story of joy and sharing at holiday time. Lisa Haslbauer, Brian Stabile and Gina Wilhelm are the puppeteers in the production directed by Jean Enticknap.
Dates and Times:
Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Sunset Hill Community Club:
Dec. 2 (7:30PM) Dec. 3, 4 (1:00PM & 3:00PM)

Magnuson Park Theatre
6344 NE 74th Street-View Ridge Room
Seattle, WA 98115
Dec. 10, 11 (1:00PM & 3:00PM))

Bellevue Youth Theatre
16661 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98008
Dec. 17, 18 (2:00PM& 4:00PM)

Child/Senior $8.00
General  $9.00

Thistle Theatre
Phone: (206) 524-3388