Maple Grove native’s puppet comedy ‘Senseless! A Brick Foley Adventure’ comes to Minnesota

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater and CONvergence present the Minnesota premiere of “Senseless! A Brick Foley Adventure,” created and directed by Maple Grove native Elizabeth Hara. Performances will take place at Bryant Lake Bowl Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6, at 7 p.m.

“Senseless!” will also be performing at the sci-fi convention CONvergence Saturday morning July 6 at 11 a.m., preceded by a panel on puppetry with the performers.

Maple Grove Native Elizabeth Hara is bringing her original puppet show “Senseless! A Brick Foley Adventure,” to the Twin Cities July 5 and 6. She is the writer and director of the production, which will be shown at Bryant Lake Bowl and CONvergence.

Maple Grove Native Elizabeth Hara is bringing her original puppet show “Senseless! A Brick Foley Adventure,” to the Twin Cities July 5 and 6. She is the writer and director of the production, which will be shown at Bryant Lake Bowl and CONvergence.

“Senseless! A Brick Foley Adventure” is a puppet show inspired by old-time radio shows. In this noir comedy, blind detective Brick Foley must solve a series of murders at the Helen Keller School of Music. With the help of his partner Murphy, he must track down the murderer to save the school and the woman he loves. Staged like a live radio play, the Foley sound effects are brought to life to create puppets and scenery, with plenty of slapstick, live music and hotdogs.

The play premiered as part of the Puppet Lab series at the renowned St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York City. It has been performed at the Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival, Boston’s Puppet Showplace Theater and the New Orleans Fringe Festival, where it was called “a nearly flawless performance” by the NOLA Defender.

Inspired by the shows of the Golden Age of radio and by live performances of NPR’s Prairie Home Companion, the show brings the exciting and chaotic sound effects props table to life with object-theatre puppetry.

Creator and Director Hara is an Emmy-nominated puppet and costume builder for Sesame Street. She has also built for Broadway’s Avenue Q and has made costumes for “The Lion King,” “Shrek the Musical” and “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” She is also a Vassar graduate and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Puppeteers of America National Festival.

Tickets at Bryant Lake Bowl are $12 for general seating or $10 with a Fringe button. Bryant Lake Bowl is located at 810 West Lake Street in Minneapolis. Tickets may be purchased by calling the BLBT Box Office at 612-825-8949 or online atbryantlakebowl.com. Tickets for the CONvergence performance and panel are included in convention registration, available at convergence-con.org.

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