The Healing Shipment is a spiritual/sci-fi gestalt puppet musical about an Extraterrestrial named Maricama from Aricama, the land of practice, play and healing. When Maricama gets stuck on earth after her potato spaceship crashes into a bickering family’s backyard, she calls upon her future granddaughter, Marikata, to save her from this sunless planet. As Marikata embarks on this time-traveling mission, Maricama guides the phone-addicted humans back to their inner light, all while learning how to face her NOW. Musical composition by Aaron Banes.
Maria Camia is a Filipino American Artist, Director, Playwright, Fashion Designer, and Introspective Hypnosis Practitioner who creates Spiritual/Sci-Fi Theater with the intention to globally inspire healing and play. Her original work has been presented for the Henson Company, La MaMa, Chicago Puppet Festival, and the Puppet Fringe Festival. NEW MONY!, her first full-length production, was presented by Dixon Place.
Director: Maria Camia
Playwright & Lyricist: Maria Camia
Assistant Director: Julliette Holliday
Dramaturg/Editor: Julliette Holliday
Musical Composition: Aaron Banes
Puppet / Set Design: Maria Camia
Puppet Build Assistants: Elise Wunderlich and Mariel Sanchez
Producers: Julliette Holliday and Mariel Sanchez
Stage Manager: Sarah Samonte
Lighting Designer: Kelley Shih
Projection Designer: Cinthia Chen
Projection Animator: Camellia Bayle-Spence
Choreographer: UJ Mangune
Make Up: Fara Faidzan
Musical Director/Pianist: Aaron Banes
Violinist: Artemis Zara Gültekin
Cellist: Timmy Ong
The Healing Shipment received a residency at PATCH Carriage House and funding from The Puffin Grant, NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music, and Theatre, The Henson Foundation’s Production Grant, and donors on GoFundMe.
The Healing Shipment is funded in part by the Jim Henson Foundation.
Please support the creation of this show: https://www.gofundme.com/f/bring-the-healing-shipment-to-life
The 10th La MaMa Puppet Festival Fall 2023 is made possible by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, the Québec Government Office in New York, Puppet Slam Network, the Mellon Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation. Additional support from Cheryl Henson is gratefully acknowledged.
La MaMa Puppet Festival
The La MaMa Puppet Festival showcases new contemporary puppet theatre by artists from around the world. Curated by Denise Greber, focusing on diversifying the voices, stories, and perspectives shared onstage, with the goal of uplifting marginalized identities within the puppet community.