The performance is a work of clown and object theater, featuring eight clowns and twenty puppets, and is presented in partnership with the Chicago Parks District. It is loosely based on The Phantom Tollbooth. Says Branca, “There are beautiful shadow puppet sequences, and talented people making ridiculous faces, and musical numbers, and a lot of moments that will make you giggle in a way that is both slightly undignified and extremely charming. This is a show for you, for your seven-year-old nephew, and for that manic pixie dream girl/boy you’ve been meaning to make plans with.”
Tolllbooth takes place in the Humboldt Park Field House, Thursdays & Fridays at 7:00 p.m., Saturdays (except May 10) at 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Tollbooth was devised/directed by Will Bishop and Scott Ray Merchant, and features Kyle Geissler, Katelin Healy, Alexander M Knapp, Shaw Nigro, Tim Martin, Chris Mueller, Kasey O’Brien, and Angelica Roque.
The production team includes: Autumn McConnico (Stage Manager), Jackie Valdez (Set Design), Molly FitzMaurice (Dramaturgy), Amanda Cantlin (Light Design), Bobby Huggins (Sound Design), Alexis Chaney (Costume Design), Dav Yendler (Puppet Illustrator), Grace Needleman (Puppet Designer), Evan Garrett & Myra Su (Shadow Puppet Designers), Cara Feeney and Ellie Terrell (Toy Theater Designers), Kelsey Just (Scroll Designer), John Szymanski (Composer), Andrew Rovner (Technical Director), and Markie Gray (Production Manager).