Baby Universe (A Puppet Odyssey)

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“funny and poignant…

magical and refreshing”

NY Times Critics Pick!

Wakka Wakka - Baby Universe
Wakka Wakka - Baby Universe
Wakka Wakka - Baby Universe
Wakka Wakka - Baby Universe
Wakka Wakka - Baby Universe
Wakka Wakka - Baby Universe
Wakka Wakka - Baby Universe
Wakka Wakka - Baby Universe
Wakka Wakka - Baby Universe
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Wakka Wakka - Baby Universe
Wakka Wakka - Baby Universe
Wakka Wakka - Baby Universe
Wakka Wakka - Baby Universe

*Photos by Jim Baldassare, John Stenersen, Wakka Wakka


Sometime in the future, a government program to save the population of an unnamed, dying planet in a dying universe is furiously underway. The sun is in his final days; the planets are scorched and have abandoned hope. The few remaining souls live primarily in bunkers and have resorted to cannibalism. Destruction looms imminent.

In a race against the clock, scientist-generated baby universes are being placed in the care of lonely spinsters in the hope that one might nurture to maturity a savior – a baby universe capable of birthing a planet that can support the relocation of the entire population.

An original piece presented with over 30 puppets, 5 actors/puppeteers, masks, a robot, animated video projection and a space-age score, Wakka Wakka spins the bizarre tale of “Baby Universe.”

“Baby Universe” closed on Jan 9, 2011 after a successful 5 week Off-Broadway run at Baruch Performing Arts Center, NYC. The show was made possible by grants and support from Norsk Kulturråd (Arts Council Norway), The Jim Henson Foundation, The Norwegian Consulate General of NY, The Puffin Foundation, The Princeton Atelier, The Watermill Center, Fond for Lyd og Bilde and Spenn.no.

Our NYC run was followed by a 4 month Scandinavian tour, a 3 week run at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC and appearances at:

  • The Stamsund International Theatre Festival, Norway
  • The Copenhagen Puppet Festival, Denmark
  • The Bristol Festival of Puppetry, UK
  • The 14th Annual Theatre Festival of Havana, Cuba
  • Dartmouth University, USA
  • Wabash College, USA
  • The 21st UNIMA World Puppetry Festival, China

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A co-production with Nordland Visual Theatre

•Winner Obie Award Grant 2011

•Winner 2013 UNIMA Citation of Excellence

•Nominee Helen Hayes Award, 2014 for Outstanding Visiting Production, Studio Theatre DC

•Nominated for 3 Drama Desk Awards 2011 for Outstanding Director, Music and Sound Design in a Play