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Event Dates

Saturday, December 3, 2022 8pm to 9:15pm

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About the Show

The Poacher is a visually evocative puppet show for discerning adult audiences. A young puppet seeks refuge from a difficult home-life by poaching mushrooms in a dark, but spirited forest. This impenetrable fortress hides a bright secret which our protagonist dares to disturb. Adapted from Ursula K LeGuin’s short story of the same name, The Poacher walks a sharp edge betwixt reality and fantasy, sleeping and waking, and the distinction between animate and inanimate. Featuring bunraku-style, shadow, tabletop, full body, and scenic puppetry.

Performance Dates and Times

  • Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke Street, Cambridge, MA
  • Thursday, December 1 at 8pm
  • Friday, December 2 at 8pm
  • Saturday, December 3 at 3pm and 8pm


Adapted from the short story by Ursula K. Le Guin
Adapted and Directed…Kate Brehm
Created with Students in TDM Production Studio… Tess Carney ’23, Yuan Ting Chan GSAS '23, Avery Hansberger ’25, Katie McClanan ’23, Madison Pankey ’24, Yolanda Peng GSD '23, Tatara Tang GSE '23, and Ari Troper ’23
Set Design…Andreea Mincic
Lighting Design…Caitlin Smith Rapoport
Burnaku-style Puppet Design…Tom Lee
Tabletop and Shadow Puppet Design…Linda Wingerter
Hedge Puppet and Costume Design…Sarah Lafferty
Composition and Sound Design…Sxip Shirey
Stage Management…Sam Tirrell


Farkas Hall is wheelchair accessible and assisted listening devices are available.
Please note below or contact tdm@fas.harvard.edu if you anticipate needing another type of access.

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