Past Performance
Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes

The Daisy Theatre (N.Y. Premiere)

Sep 30, Oct 1- 3 + 7-10, 2015

“Some of the funniest, most brilliant theatre you’ll ever be lucky enough to see.” - The Province
“Funny, touching, and pure genius.” - Edmonton Sun

The Daisy Theatre is puppeteer Ronnie Burkett, who manipulates and voices a dynamic entourage of marionettes in a variety of acts ranging from opera to cabaret, and vaudeville to Vegas. A rotating cast of forty characters includes singer Rosemary Focaccia, marionette ventriloquist Meyer Lemon, chanteuse Jolie Jolie, and the beloved fairy child Schnitzel. With ever-changing content and nightly improvisation performed in an intimate setting, the tender, outrageous antics of The Daisy Theatre are a theatrical experience to be seen more than once.

Music is by John Alcorn.

Presented by Baryshnikov Arts Center in association with Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.

Co-commissioned by Luminato (Toronto, Canada) and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA). 

The Daisy Theatre is presented with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Ronnie Burkett in Conversation
A conversation with Ronnie Burkett and Kristy Edmunds of Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA will be held in BAC's Jerome Robbins Theater on Monday, October 5 at 6:30PM. Reservations are not required.


"Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, Back in NY After 15 Years: An Interview with the Obie-Winning Puppeteer"

"In ‘The Daisy Theatre,’ Puppeteer Ronnie Burkett Has The World — And His Audience — On A String"

"Review: Anxious Puppets and Other Dummies in ‘The Daisy Theater’"

Ronnie Burkett
Artist Bio

Ronnie Burkett

Ronnie Burkett has been captivated by puppetry since the age of seven, and began touring his shows around Alberta at the age of fourteen. Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes was formed in 1986, continuously playing on Canada’s major stages, and as a guest company on numerous tours abroad. Ronnie received the 2009 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, The Herbert Whittaker Drama Bench Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Theatre, a Village Voice OBIE Award, and four Citations of Excellence from the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette.

The Daisy Theatre is the thirteenth production from the Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, following the international successes Penny PlainBilly Twinkle10 Days on EarthProvenance, and the “Memory Dress Trilogy:” Tinka’s New DressStreet of Blood, and Happy

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All photos courtesy of Ronnie Burkett