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a new musical-melodrama that bagoes the floomsies in your doodle. World tour (America only)

PuppeTyranny! (pup·pet tyr·an·ny) is a philadelphia based collective of multimedia performance and theater. We need your help to increase our powers to include the ability to take our newest play, Beans! Beans! Beans! on tour from May 15th through June 1st. 

This is our first ever major tour, and as such we need a little help out of the gate. Funding of this project will ensure our transportation, costs for the five performers, gas, and outfitting of this show for the road. Funding will also guarantee our ability to not just tour this show, but outfit us for further tours. Which is good news for just about everybody. 

Beans! Beans! Beans! is a macabre tale, full of tom-foolery and folly. Two dueling dandies vie for social status as they throw an unexpectedly explosive party. Attended by a rag tag ensemble of guests that include unemployed falconers, aeronauts, avant-garde sand painters, a world famous chanteuse, and more. Three performers and two musicians blend animation, puppetry, music, irreverent cardboard abuse, dance and lo-fi shenanigans to tell a story that swells with a staggering number of characters, exotic locals, war, intrigue and espionage. 

Joining us, as opening act and musical accompaniment, will be the insatiable and experimental lounge styling of Charmaine's Names and the avant-drag crooners of Upholstery 

"Beans! Beans! Beans!" concludes a run of three new works developed in 2011. The first, a farce exploring explorers, animals, and sandwiches, entitled "BrotherSister + SisterBrother" was performed as part of 70 Rupees to Paradise Road, a festival of local artists aboard the Tall ship Gazela.  Then, as part of the 2011 Philadelphia Fringe Festival,  the sold out run of the microscopic adventure saga, "Water Bears in Space", which, "may not be the strangest Fringe show I’ve ever seen, but it at least makes the top three." (Wendy Rosenfield, Philadelphia inquirer). PuppeTyranny can often be seen around Philadelphia, and up and down the eastern seaboard, traveling with their "World Famous Mouth Show", where they "stage a number of hilarious scenarios in a mouth". (Village Voice)

Currently our tour will be making stops in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York, Providence, Portland, and more! 

Keep an eye here and on our facebook page for up to date times and locations for this tour and for future shows!

The Tour (MORE TO COME):

  • May 19th- Baltimore, MD - Current Gallery (Transmodern Festival) 
  • May 21st- Knoxville, TN - The Bird House
  • May 27th- Pittsburgh, PA - Modern Formations Gallery
  • May 28th- Brooklyn, NY-  Freddy's Bar
  • May 29th- Providence, RI - 95 Empire Theater
  • May 30th- Portland, ME - Geno's Bar
  • May 31st- Montreal, QC - Cabaret Playhouse 

Interested in bringing us to your town? Know someone who would? Drop us a line. We want to perform as much as possible.

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