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Paperhand Puppet Intervention Partners with Grammy Nominees Nnenna and Pierce Freelon & NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green on Ambitious 23rd Summer Show ‘Where Our Spirits Reside’

Paperhand Puppet Intervention Partners with Grammy Nominees Nnenna and Pierce Freelon & NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green on Ambitious 23rd Summer Show ‘Where Our Spirits Reside’

Opening Friday, August 4 and running through September 24, Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents, ‘Where Our Spirits Reside’, a giant puppet spectacle production for all ages about: love, memory, loss, transformation, grief, celebration, and ultimately – the strength and resilience we build together to heal. 

Now in its 23rd season, Paperhand is collaborating with 6-time GRAMMY® Award nominee, jazz vocalist and creator of the award-winning podcast Great Grief, Nnenna Freelon, who is the show’s writer and narrator and will be serenading audiences during each performance. Her son, GRAMMY®-nominated children’s musician and author Pierce Freelon joins the cast as composer, performer and puppeteer. The show will feature songs and stories from the Freelons’ joint album titled, AnceStars, and Pierce’s picture book: Daddy and Me: Side by Side. NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green and Chapel Hill Poet Laureate CJ Suitt are co-writers with Nnenna. 

For 23 years, Paperhand Puppet Intervention has mesmerized audiences with masks, stilts, painted flats, cardboard trickery, illuminated puppets and shadows. All of their art moves and is brought to life with a fantastic score played LIVE by the Paperhand Band! This year’s show will be one of their most ambitious, inviting audiences to see and learn from our ancestors everywhere: those that have come before us, a mighty river, an old tree, a little mushroom, an animal, or even the stars themselves. 


Come pour some creative community gold into the cracks of our somewhat broken world and hearts. All are welcome. You don’t want to miss the magic being generated here.

‘Where Our Spirits Reside’, takes place weekends August 4 through September 17 at the Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill, including Labor Day Monday, and September 22-24 at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh. Evening shows begin at 7:00 p.m. with a pre-show act starting each night at 6:20 p.m.

Matinee shows take place on Sunday, September 10 and September 17 at 3:00 p.m., with pre-show acts beginning at 2:20 p.m.

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Show details are available at http://paperhand.org/summer-show/.

Tickets are on sale now through EventBrite. The ticket sale link is accessible at www.paperhand.org. All questions regarding ticket sales should be directed to Paperhand.org@gmail.com. Please do not contact the show venues.

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