Puppet Fringe NYC (International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC or NYC Puppet Week) by Teatro SEA is live at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center in the Lower East Side, Wednesday-Sunday, August 11-15, 2021, at the Museum of the City of New York in El Barrio East Harlem on Thursday, August 12, and virtual August 16-31, 2021. Free or $15 puppetfringenyc.com
There are over 70 performances for all ages.
Teatro SEA, Latino theatre for young audiences, produces bilingual puppet theatre in both live and cartoon formats. It’s some of our favorite New York City theatre. The productions are world-class with great storytelling, staging, acting and music. The director is Puerto Rican. The creative teams are pan-Latin. Teatro SEA productions are special for all ages.
Puppet Fringe NYC
Puppet Fringe NYC is the United Nations of puppets.
If you can’t see our common humanity in this, you’re not looking. Puppets make you smile. They are like a plume of water from a fire hydrant. When the puppets are playing or the water is running, nobody fights. Everyone has a good time.
There are performances, workshops, panels and art exhibitions. Some workshops are for kids. Others are for artisans. There are disability events. There is a puppet celebrity red carpet. Much of the festival is free. A few events are paid. During the pandemic, everything requires registration ~ even free events.
Most of the festival is at The Clemente, but there are a few events in other venues. The Clemente is the home of several theaters and galleries. The Festival is basically taking over the whole thing. This is the Lower East Side on strings, wires and fingers.
Live Puppet Fringe NYC
The Festival opens Wednesday, August 11 with workshops, art exhibitions, a dedication ceremony, celebrity puppet red carpet and performances at The Clemente in the Lower East Side.
Thursday continues at The Clemente. In the evening, there is a celebrity puppet red carpet and performance at the Museum of the City of New York in El Barrio East Harlem. Will there be puppet photographers? The night ends with a paid screening of the “Muppets Take Manhattan.”
Friday continues at The Clemente with workshops, panels, and performances. The night closes with a Spaghetti Dinner Cabaret Puppet Slam. Even puppets do spoken word. LOL. What a great combination of troubadour, hip-hop and puppet traditions. Seems like puppets do everything we do in life. Do they have puppet babies?
Saturday and Sunday are big performance days at The Clemente.
Puppet Art Exhibitions
Exhibitions in The Clemente galleries include “Puppets of New York,” “Vince Anthony’s Legacy,” “Teatro SEA’s International Collaborations,” and “Murals of Puppetry around the World.”
Virtual Puppet Fringe NYC
After the live events the Festival goes virtual with performances, panels and workshops from around the world from Monday, August 16 to Tuesday, August 31, 2021.
See you at Puppet Fringe NYC! puppetfringenyc.com