The Perils of Mr. Punch

This updated classic follows the troubles and travails of puppetry’s favorite loudmouth, Mr. Punch.  The skillfully operated hand puppets are made of garbage and up-cycled material, and are chock full of surprises and tricks, as is the elaborate stage. It’s a low-tech old-time spectacle, entertaining to children of all ages: from one to one hundred. By taking the best from the long tradition of Punch and Judy shows, and bringing the art form into the 21st century, this classic remains alive, vital, and hysterical to both children and adults today. 

Improvisation is a key part of every performance, making every show unique.  Rose and Justin adapt the show to each unique audiences, from large groups at camps, schools, or birthday parties, to adult audiences at performing arts centers and small theaters.

The Baffo Box Show

The Baffo Box Show: A Compact Cardboard Comedy

When the world breaks, someone has to fix it. In this comedy in a box, audiences are invited into a fragile universe of cardboard, where the Baffo Brothers keep the sun running on schedule, negotiate with a demanding neighbor, and attempt to keep a changing world from coming apart. 

A daring work of puppetry and object manipulation, full of beautiful images, junk music sonatas, and Modern Times Theater’s unique brand of all ages comedy, this re-envisioning of classic hand puppet forms is digital entertainment as it was meant to be: two hands, ten fingers, and no camera tricks. 

Puppeteered by Justin Lander and directed by Rose Friedman, The Baffo Box Show was supported by a 2022 Family Grant from the Jim Henson Foundation.

“We’re Not From Here”

In a nutshell, this show presents a billion years of history in just under 60 minutes. It’s a carpetbag of old fashioned amusements, including music, puppetry, and schtick. We attempt to summon the ghosts from the attic to answer our most pressing questions, including “How did we get here?”, “Where are we going?”, and “Can’t you do that somewhere else?”

This production was funded by a Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council, and is intended specifically for presentation in small historic venues throughout Vermont. And, we are still looking for more! Contact us today if you’d like to help bring this show to your town hall.

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