Shows

2018 – BONESEED: Mist Stories

BONESEED poster: 25th Annual BareBones Halloween Extravaganza

The 25th Annual BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza Co-Directors: Malia Araki Burkhart and Tara Fahey October 20, 21, 26, 28, 31 · 2018 Ancestors. This is a theme that we chose as co-directors, coming into the process of collaboratively dreaming and creating this year’s Halloween Show. From Malia Araki Burkhart: In exploring the theme of “Ancestors”…

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2017 – Croak

barebones croak

The 24th Annual BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza Co-Directors: Arwen Wilder & Jäc Pau October 22, 28, 29, 31 · 2017 The condition of our world in 2017 requires listening. We are all called upon to relearn how to truly listen. Each of us needs to find better ways of listening to those experiencing pain,…

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2016 – You Were Once Wild Here

Barebones Halloween 2016 poster

The 23rd Annual BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza Directed by Melissa Birch Musical Direction by Venus DeMars October 22, 23, 28, 30, 31 · 2016 Tall grasses envelop the human scale as tree spirits plant seeds. Mud trolls are foiled by domesticated dogs. A deer family senses danger. Water snakes overspill the riverbanks, the water is colonized…

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2015 – We All Fall Down

BareBones Halloween 2015: We all Fall Down

The 22nd Annual BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza Co-Directors: Mina Leierwood Madeline Helling October 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 · 2015 We come together to grieve, to collaborate, to create and to grapple with what lies heavy in our hearts. This year has felt heavy with the passing of too many, too soon, too young. We…

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2014 – Metamorphosoup

BareBones 2014 Metamorphosoup

The Twenty-first Annual BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza Co-Directors: Madeline Helling · Willow Cordes-Eklund October 25, 26, 30, 31, November 1, 2014 Many hands go into making this show happen. We send thanks to the countless volunteers, artistic team, techies and musicians, all those who came clean and left with paper mache on their hands…

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2013 – Carry On!

Barebones Halloween Carry On

A Requiem for 20 Years The Twentieth Annual BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza Co-Directed by Maren Ward and Alison Heimstead October 26, 27, 31, November 1, 2, 2013 Tonight we celebrate twenty years of bringing people together to honor death. Twenty years of a big outdoor nighttime puppet spectacular. Twenty years of community building and collaborative…

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2012: Chicka-BOOM!

barebones chicka boom

The Nineteenth Annual BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza Co-Directed by Esther Ouray and Lynette La Rue October 20, 21, 27, 28, and 31, 2012 Once upon a time, 13.75 billion years ago, out of the immeasurable, time began. Tick tock. Our universe, the size of a grapefruit, was a fireball containing all energy, matter and light. It…

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2011 – A Fistful of Dirt: How the Death Was Won

BareBones Halloween 2011 DVD

The Eighteenth Annual BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza Co-Directed by Lelis Brito and Kristi Ternes October 22, 23, 29, 30, and 31, 2011 Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust. The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, the worms play pinochle on your snout! At some point we return to the primordial soup from which we came. This…

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2010 – Carnetheria

BareBones Halloween 2010: Carnetheria Poster

The Seventeenth Annual BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza Co-Directed by Mark Safford & Andrew Wagner October 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, 2010 Carnetheria was based on concerns that the use of technology and energy without consideration of the possible consequences is causing irrevocable damage, not only to the planet, but to our very humanity, and…

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2009 – Devoured

BareBones Halloween Show 2009 - Devoured

The Sixteenth Annual BareBones Halloween Extravaganza Co-Directed by Lelis Brito & Christopher Allen October 24, 25, 30, 31, 2009 Enter a world were Julia Childs gives us some handy tips for embalming and the afterlife. Follow a headless chicken into the belly of a giant wolf to discover stilters descending from trees, fire performers bringing…

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