Nasty, Brutish & Short
(NBS) is a Chicago-based cabaret of contemporary short-form puppet and object based theater for adult audiences. The cabaret provides an opportunity for professional quality puppet artists to perform new work, fosters creative exchange between puppet artists of different generations and specialties, and introduces audiences to innovative and compelling puppet theatre.
Presented by Links Hall and curated by Taylor Bibat and Mike Oleon. It is funded in part by the Puppet Slam Network (a project of IBEX Puppetry).
Below are selected past works and artist bios from NBS’s inception in 2011 to 2013
Curated by Julia Miller and MikeOleon
Noah Ginex, Taylor Bibat, and Adam McAleavey
Adam McAleavey with Ellen DeSitter
Glen Kelly and Jill Frederickson
Helen Jones and Paper Boat Group
Rough House; directed by Mike Oleon, written by Shelley Geiszler, performed by Kay Kron,Sarah Noel Rush, Nathan Edmondson and Courtney Kearney
Nasty, Brutish & Short will also feature Sam Hertz, Blake Russell, URiEL, Aaron Weissman, and Jessie Winslow
Kieran Krendall and Tien Tran
Kathryn Conaway & Kaley Cross
Taylor Bibat & Jessica Simon
One Whole Asian Productions
Curated by Julia Miller and Jessica Simon.
Erika Friesth and The Nerdologues
Davey K with Ian Fullerton and Stephen Lieto
Adam McAleavey with Arne Parrot and Andrew Howard
Julia Miller and Jessica Simon
Lolly Extract & Erik Deshaun Dorris
Sam Deutsch & Aaron Weissman
Mike Oleon & Meredith Miller
Jason Adams’ Clipper Ship Spectacular
The Noah Ginex Puppet Company: featuring Dan Kerr-Hobert and LiziBreit with music performed by John Bliss.
Jessica Simon: performed by Julia Miller, Drew Dir, and Sarah Fornace, sounds by Ben Kauffman
The Royal We are Max Wirt, MasonFidino, and Sophia Hamilton.
Emmy Bean’s Baby