The battle between good and evil has waged for centuries, threatening to engulf our world in darkness. But the tide is about to turn. The Ancestral Mother, Aurora in earthly wolf form, has returned to rescue us from the clutches of despair. Aurora has crafted a divine pact and within the new offspring, the ability to guide us towards a brighter future.
Aaron Haskell (He/Him) is a puppeteer, puppet maker, director, designer, actor, dancer, and visual artist living and working in NYC since 2000. Dance: Fellowship at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 2000-2001. As a dancer I’ve worked with Suarez Dance Theatre, Physual, Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre and Dzul Dance. Notable plays, I Love Paris and Fatal Attraction: a Greek Tragedy. As a puppeteer in War Horse 1st National and International Tour (2012 – 2015), Cirque Du Soleil’s International tour of Toruk: The First Flight (2016 – 2019), UAE 48th NationalDay (2019), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, I’ve been a Puppet Technician at Lion King on Broadway since 2020. My love for puppetry really spawned when I started to work with Loco7 Theatre at La MaMa in Bokan: The Bad Hearted (2004- 2006) and most recently in Lunch with Sonia (2021-2023). This was where I really started to gel all the forms of artistry I studied, dance, art, and acting. I was a builder and designer for 10 years creating some of the specialty props and puppets for Nightmare: NYC’s most Horrifying Haunted House as well as for numerous theatre and film productions including creating puppets for Rhino Leap’s The Tempest in North Carolina (2016), Tori Bend’s The Paper Hat Game (2016) under the name Brooklyn Art Department. Under this name I created and directed, WakeUp, You’re Dead! Presented and produced by La MaMa (2010). Me_irl at the Nightmare Horror play festival in NYC (2016) and most recently with my newly named company, Second Sister Productions I had year long residency at St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab where I started developing The Pact (2016), which tells the story of two sibling wolves and their impossible survival told through the parable storytelling, puppetry, and live music. I also have done workshops for The Pact at Dixon Place and in Sanya, China. I am also working on an opera, Dream Sequence in which I had a workshop in December 2019 at Dixon Place. I am very excited to be back at La MaMa to continue developing The Pact. Follow all my adventures at AaronHaskell.com and @AaronHaskells (Instagram).
The Pact is funded in part by the Jim Henson Foundation.
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.