Nov 3, 2023
Nov 5, 2023

The Healing Shipment

By Maria Camia

a black arrow pointing downward

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.


Sienna Aczon
Olivia Bernabe
Thalya David
Fara Faidzan
Lim Mui
Vanessa Rappa
Mariel Sanchez

Director: Maria Camia
Playwright & Lyricist: Maria Camia
Assistant Director: Julliette Holliday
Dramaturg/Editor: Julliette Holliday
Musical Composition: Aaron Banes

Choreographer: UJ Mangune

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
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 NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in association with The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Henson Foundation’s Production Grant, The Puffin Grant, The Miranda Family Fun, and donors on GoFundMe.

The Healing Shipment 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, 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.

Special Event