Live Puppetry

Chicago’s Lockdown Puppet Theater

By July 13, 2020 No Comments

A quiet Chicago street has been brought to life during the COVID-19 crisis by an impromptu puppet theater.

Chicago artist Matthew Owens began performing live puppet shows from his second floor balcony during Chicago’s stay-at-home order. They’ve become a regular feature outside his building in Chicago’s Lakeview neighbourhood, attracting mask-wearing, social distancing audiences who line up to see the show with his rotating cast of 40 plus puppets every week.

A recent performance of “Lockdown Puppet Theater” in Chicago, from a gallery of photos in the Chicago Tribune (photo credit: Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Matthew recently called in to Chicago radio station WGN to talk about the project. You can listen to that conversation here.

Performances of Lockdown Puppet Theatre take place on Saturday’s at 4pm in the Chicago’s Lakeview neighbourhood. The exact location is being kept secret to prevent overcrowding, though if you’re in or near Chicago and really want to attend send me a message and I’ll point you in the right direction. Just remember to wear a mask and stay socially distant!

Via The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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