Puppets in Paradise

About the Event

September 4 & 5 at Retreat Farm

Sandglass Theater’s most beloved community event, Puppets in Paradise, brings together artists and audience for a two-day celebration of theater arts and agrarian traditions of Southern Vermont. This premier biennial family event is produced with Retreat Farm, a prominent feature of the Brattleboro landscape for 180 years. Today its 500 acres of conserved forests, farmlands, trails, waterways, and gardens is freely accessible to the community.

Puppets in Paradise 2021 will be a gentle and safe opportunity for audiences to return to in-person performance and meaningful engagement among audience and artists. Puppets in Paradise includes performances that traverse the expansive farm grounds, and time to visit some of the farm offerings such as pastured animals and an interpretive story hike. We are putting together an exciting lineup of regional and local artists and will announce performers and activities in August.

We look forward to seeing you in the summer!

Thank you to our funders

This project is funded in part by grants from the George W. Mergens Foundation, the Price Chopper Golub Foundation, the Thomas Thompson Trust, a Vermont Community Foundation Spark Grant, the Windham Foundation, and the generous support of the many individual donors who contributed to our 2021 Mid-year campaign in support of Puppets in Paradise.

Performances by Sova Dance and Puppet Theater and Sarah Nolen are funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Puppets in Paradise is sponsored by People's United Bank.