Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes: Penny Plain

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - Sunday, January 19, 2014
Little Theater at Macgowan Hall 245 Charles E. Young Dr., East Los Angeles, CA 90095 Map and directions

This utterly masterful ‘end of the world romance’ is told through the brilliant theater artistry of the one-of-a-kind marionette maker Ronnie Burkett. 

Penny Plain sits in her overstuffed chair, listening to the news of civilization’s inevitable end, and then the outside chaos invades her sanctuary. With a cast including survivalists, a serial killer, a cross-dressing banker, talking dogs and mysterious strangers, Penny Plain is a poignant and disturbing drawing-room comedy of apocalyptic proportions. 

Ronnie Burkett is recognized as one of Canada’s foremost theater artists and has been credited with creating some of the world’s most elaborate and provocative puppetry. His company, Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, sparked a renaissance in adult puppet theater—continuously playing to great critical and public acclaim across Canada and throughout the world.


Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Little Theater at Macgowan Hall
$45 ($20 UCLA Students)

Created and performed by Ronnie Burkett
Music by John Alcorn
Lighting Design by Kevin Humphrey

This production is intended for adult audiences only, ages 14+. Children under the age of 14 will not be admitted.

“The marionettes are beautiful small works of great art that, despite the long strings in this production, Burkett handles with shocking mastery…your eye is always drawn down-string to the puppets into which he has so authentically infused with life. His talent is simply extraordinary.” —Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON)

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