May 28, 2020

La MaMa Kids Online: Beard Papa and the Slight Red Hen

By Tom Lee

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Puppet artist Tom Lee presents a whimsical adventure of his alter ego (Beard Papa) and a wise but mischievous hen.  Children and adults will enjoy this mix of puppetry, movement and a chance to see a piece of Chicago’s urban farm landscape.

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"Timed for after school viewing!"

Special thanks to The Jim Henson Foundation for supporting our online puppetry programming.

Tom Lee is a designer, director and puppet artist.  He appeared on Broadway in War Horse, at the Metropolitan Opera in Madama Butterfly and most recently in The Queen of Spades at Lyric Opera Chicago.  His own work includes Shank’s Mare (recently on tour in Paris), Tomte (Gnome) presented by La MaMa kids last fall, and place(no)place at the Pesta Boneka Festival in Indonesia.  Tom is co-director of Chicago Puppet Studio and teaches nationally and internationally. He began his career at La MaMa Experimental Theater.

Online Happenings


Presented by La MaMa and CultureHub, La MaMa is exploring ways to respond creatively to a situation that is potentially changing how we gather as a community in our theatres. La MaMa is working with CultureHub to provide online streaming of select productions and events on Howlround Theatre Commons.

La MaMa Kids


La MaMa Kids Online presents kids performances and hands-on workshops online, timed especially for “after school” viewing! La MaMa will continue to use emerging technologies to create a new venue for artistic expression that questions how art can function and how we as a society can survive challenging periods of history.

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