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About the Show
One day, Sylvie and her family of handcrafted creatures suddenly find themselves in need of a new home. Luckily, they have an audience full of people who can help them out. ''Go Home Tiny Monster'' features The Gottabees’ trademark mix of puppetry, joyously absurd silliness, physical theater, live music, and surprising poignancy.
About the Performers:
Puppets! Original music! A Tiny Bit of Acrobatics! Adventure and Invention! The Gottabees started making super fun theater for families in 2013 with the creation of "Squirrel Stole My Underpants" and it’s follow-up, "Lollipops for Breakfast," in 2015. They have since been selling out venues and inspiring homemade puppet shows throughout the US and Canada. They find it deeply satisfying to create original physical theater so families can do something fun together that allows them all to giggle, gasp, sigh, and cheer in 45 minutes or less.
Their shows are often stories told without words—they embrace the physical and the visual in theater. The result is a poetic, nonlinear story that surprises audiences. One of the things that makes members of The Gottabees happiest is when they meet children who have seen a show and parents tell them how their child acted out the entire show for weeks after seeing it. This is the core reason why they make theater for young audiences: The Gottabees want children to know in their hearts that they, too, can make theater wherever they are and whomever they are.
Bonnie Duncan (creator & performer): For the last 15 years, Bonnie Duncan has blended puppetry, dance, and physical theatre in surprising and delightful ways. Her work has been described as “an artful world of silent dreams, mime, and dance” (Austin Live Theatre). She has most recently been working as one half of They Gotta Be Secret Agents with Tim Gallagher. Their show, Poste Restante, continues to tour worldwide, and won “Best Touring Show of 2011,” Austin, TX; Best of the Fringe, San Francisco, 2009; and a nomination for Most Innovative Show at Prague Fringe Festival 2010. Prior to her work as a Secret Agent, Bonnie was a company member of Snappy Dance Theater for 8 years, performing sculptural, acrobatic dances nationally and internationally. Her movement was called “breathtakingly simple” and “delightfully crafty” by the Boston Globe. When Bonnie is not performing and teaching, she is the mother of three young children, an avid runner, and vegan cupcake maker.
Brendan Burns (music) is a guitarist & educator rooted in Somerville, MA. He released his debut album TimeStamp (recorded live at the Somerville Theatre) in 2012. Brendan is a founding member of the music & puppetry troupe: Elephant Tango Ensemble (nominated for an IRNE), former director of the house band for Bent Wit Cabaret and a regular contributor with SchoolTree, Kristen Ford Band, Karin Webb, Molly Zenobia & Brendan Burns’ Roadhouse. Brendan holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Berklee College of Music and is the guitar department coordinator at Brookline Music School.
Tony Leva (music) Tony Leva is an educator, improvisor, collaborator and performer. He performs regularly with Bury Me Standing, Jaggery, The Michael Dobiel Quartet and the Junk Kitchen Players. Since 2002 he has been actively studying and performing on the upright bass. He currently teaches bass at the Rockport Community School and is an active collaborator/educator at Tunefoolery, an artist collective of musicians with psychiatric disabilities. Tony also studies the sintir (a North African bass lute) and has occasionally performed on trumpet, melodica, accordion and clown nose.
Creator & Performer: Bonnie Duncan
Music: Tony Leva & Brendan Burns
Director & Co-creator: Dan Milstein
Costumes: Penney Pinette
Puppets & Set: Marte Ekhougen
Live actor, mixed puppetry styles, live music. Recommended for ages 3 and up.