Anne Cubberly’s Giant Puppets: New Haven Green

New Haven Green Temple Street, New Haven

June 14-29, 2024 Experience the whimsical magic of Anne Cubberly’s Giant Puppets as they roam the Green and Downtown New Haven! These colossal, colorful creations are more than just puppets—they’re vibrant reflections of our essence and the boundless spirit within us all. Don’t let their size intimidate you; instead, seek them out and bask in the awe- inspiring wonder they evoke. For more information

Speakeasy Choir at United Theater : Join a singing ensemble for the night

United Theater 5 Canal St, Westerly, RI

This program is presented in partnership between The United Theatre and the Chorus of Westerly. In essence, Speakeasy Choir is a one night choir open to anyone. Guests will join a singing ensemble for the night and will learn a song with harmonies. At the end of the night, a grand performance of all guests will commence with support from the UNITED House Band (made up of instructors of the The UNITED Music School and other local musicians from Southeastern CT and Rhode Island).   All tickets include one specialty cocktail (virgin version also available). This month we will be learning and performing the song Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye! For more information

$20

The National Puppetry Conference: Puppetry Performance: O’Neil Theater

O'Neil Theater 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 | 7:00PM SATURDAY, JUNE 15 | 7:00PM The National Puppetry Conference provides a crucial meeting and creating ground for master artisans to pass their craft and ingenuity to new artists in the field of puppetry. Each June, participants gather from across the globe to create works that defy the bounds of contemporary theater and the imagination. The Conference concludes in the beautiful Dina Merrill Theater and Rose Barn Theater with two public performances of an extraordinary mix of devised work from throughout the Conference, featuring guest artists, artists-in-residence, and a vast array of performance styles. For more information

$33

Compagnia de’ Colombari – King Lear At University Theater New Haven

University Theater 222 York Street, New Haven

June 14, 15 16, 2024 Compagnia de’ Colombari’s KING LEAR, adapted and directed by Karin Coonrod, is a raw, primal, and potent “paper crown” Lear that strips down the Shakespearian classic to its essence through a vigorous exploration of the text and characters’ psyches and motivations. An ensemble of ten actors ranging in age and gender all embody King Lear at the beginning. One by one, they strip off their paper crowns, transform into other characters, and conduct a take-over of the text and the theatre space. Spreading across the play's treacherous psychic cartography, the performers dig deep into the internal and external voyage of a mighty king who loses and then finds himself again after arduous challenges. This fresh, vital, and urgent exploration of encountering oneself is a journey of a fractured soul and a broken community discovering wholeness through almost unbearable suffering. *Festival Friend, Festival Family, Supporters Circle, Premiere Circle, and Founders Society Insiders are invited to join us for a post-show artist toast after this performance! For more information

$48 – $79

The Rainbow Beard Show at Possible Futures

Possible Futures 318 Edgewood Avenue, New Haven, CT

We're so excited to host The Rainbow Beard Show on June 15th at 2pm! In their own words: "'The Rainbow Beard Show' is an interactive experience hosted by Ricky Rainbow Beard that features puppets, games, stories, songs, and special guests through a comedic lens. Each new show is about a deep and simple theme and is written with kids ages 4-8 (and the grownups in their neighborhood) in mind. Together, we investigate our collective human experience through inquiry and play. In May/June 2024 we will be exploring LANGUAGES and the different forms they take such as spoken, written, body language, and images (i.e. emojis). Our guests include: a storyteller, a multilingual community organizer, and even a lawyer! We will ask questions such as: - What does it mean when we say language? - Which types of language do you use in your everyday life? - How can we speak each other’s languages? Remember to wear your dancing pants." For more information

National Theater Institute’s Theatermakers: Public Performances at The O’Neil Theater

O'Neil Theater 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford

June 17th and 24th,  July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd The National Theater Institute's Theatermakers Summer Intensive trains students in a credit-earning curriculum of acting, directing, and playwriting. The six-week program focuses on: cultivating constant creativity practice, essential training techniques, high-quality mentorship, and collaborative opportunities that yield original work. Students' pieces are performed for free each Monday night. For more information

Countess Luann: Marry F Kill! at The Schubert

Shubert Theater 247 College Street, New Haven

  For months now, Luann de Lesseps has been teasing that she’s working on a new show. Known across the globe as “The Countess”, she is, without a doubt, one of the most popular cast members of all the “Housewives” franchises and these shows are syndicated worldwide, which has developed a fan base hungry to see her perform. De Lesseps has used this popularity to tremendous advantage and has built live shows that have sold out in a myriad of venues, traveling the continent of North America, performing both her COUNTESS CABARET and her holiday show, A VERY COUNTESS CHRISTMAS.   For more information

$38 – $267

Performance: Gossip by Alexa West at The Aldrich

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 258 Main Street, Ridgefield

Gossip is a choreographed duet created in response to the current exhibition Loie Hollowell: Space Between, A Survey of Ten Years. Choreographed and presented by dance artist Alexa West performed by Owen Prum and Chelsea Enjer Hecht. Gossip will occur as a live performance in the Museum’s first floor on Saturday, June 22 at 2 pm and repeated at 4 pm. This performance is organized by Education Director Namulen Bayarsaihan and Chief Curator Amy Smith-Stewart. Loie Hollowell: Space Between, A Survey of Ten Years is organized by The Aldrich’s Chief Curator Amy Smith-Stewart and currently on view in the galleries through August 11, 2024. For more information

$15

The 7 Fingers: Duel Reality: Multimedia Performance at University Theater

University Theater 222 York Street, New Haven

All's fair in love and war. You won't want to miss this exhilarating performance with Montreal's renowned arts collective, the 7 Fingers. In "Duel Reality" they combine acrobatics, theater, dance, multimedia, music, and storytelling, and present human stories with superhuman skills. Stripping down circus spectacle to its thrilling essence, they breathe new life into Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Witness a lively arena where two groups collide in playful competition and fierce conflict, all while star-crossed lovers steal the show, proving that love triumphs, even amidst rivalry. Don't miss this thrilling blend of acrobatics and emotion!

$48 – $90

Blippi The Wonderful World Tour: Children’s Musical at The Garde

Garde Arts Center 325 State Street, New London

Blippi is coming to New London for the ultimate curiosity adventure in Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour! So, come on! Dance, sing, and learn with Blippi and special guest Meekah as they discover what makes different cities unique and special. Will there be monster trucks, excavators, and garbage trucks galore? You bet! So get ready to shake those wiggles out and OJ Twist your way through this brand-new musical party! For more information

$29 – $69

Morris Bluegrass Festival

South Farms 21 Higbie Road, Morris

Come join us for a toe-tapping good time at South Farms. Get ready for a day filled with amazing live bluegrass music, delicious food, and a great community vibe. Whether you're a bluegrass enthusiast or just looking for a fun day out, this festival has something for everyone. Grab your friends and family, bring a blanket or lawn chair, and get ready to enjoy some top-notch bluegrass performances in a beautiful outdoor setting. There will be Food, Beverages, A Hot Air Balloon to touch and, of course, Music! Mark your calendars and get ready for a memorable day at the Morris Bluegrass Festival at South Farms. We can't wait to see you there! For more information

$15 – $25

Charles Ives & the American Tradition: Ives: Likes & Dislikes at Norfolk Music Shed

Norfolk Music Shed 49 Battell Rd, Norfolk

Despite a reputation as a musical maverick, Ives had tastes that one might consider conservative. He was a big fan of Beethoven and Franck, but had a distaste for the important modernist composer Edgard Varèse. CHARLES IVES   Hallowe’en for Piano Quintet LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN   Serenade in D Major for Flute, Violin, and Viola, Op. 25 EDGARD VARÈSE   Octandre CÉSAR FRANCK   Piano Quintet in f minor Tara Helen O’Connor   flute Scott Hartman   trombone and Norfolk Fellows For more information

$10 – $70