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Conceived and Directed By: Irina Niculescu
Adapted by Alison Vodnoy from the 1943 play by E. Schwarz

Co-production with Madcap Puppets

On Stage: April 2 - May 7, 2011
See our calendar for performance dates and times

Please note: Production contains minor adult language. Suitable for ages 13 and up.


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Lancelot arrives in a small town oppressively ruled for hundreds of years by a monstrous Dragon. His mission is to free the town from Dragon’s tyranny, but he struggles to convince the townspeople of the importance of their own freedom. They believe “the only way to be free of other Dragons is to have one of your own.” Slaying the dragon turns out to be only the first step toward freeing the town. Produced in collaboration with Madcap Puppets, The Dragon is a political fairytale that examines the ideas of manipulation and the fragility of the human spirit by combining marionettes and actors in this unique production. 

Production Team:
Playwright & Lyricist– Alison Vodnoy
Concept & Direction – Irina Niculescu
Original Music – John Lewandowski & Chris Douglas
Scenic, Lighting & Puppet Design – Andrew Hungerford
Costume Design – Noelle Wedig
Sound Design – Doug Borntrager
Puppet Sculptor – Lisa Siders
Puppet Construction & Costuming – Dylan Shelton, Annie Kalahurka, Chris Douglas, Emily Schubert & John Lewandowski
Puppets constructed at MadCap Puppets

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Chris Douglas
Mel Hatch Douglas
MJ Jurgensen
Annie Kalahurka
John Lewandowski
Paul Morris*
Nathan Neorr
Dylan Shelton


Reviews & Articles     

Designer Andrew Hungerford & Sculptor Lisa Siders nominated for Acclaim Award for marionette design

Enter The Dragon (Review)- by Stephanie Miller, David's Voice

The Dragon (Review) - by Rick Pender, CityBeat

BWW Reviews Know Theatre of Cincinnati's The Dragon - by Jill Siekman,

'The Dragon' needs more fire, through May 7 - by Richard O Jones,

Madcap's 'Dragon' is not a kids' show - by David Lyman, Cincinnati Enquirer

Puppets heighten strife in 'Dragon' collaboration - by Jackie Demaline, Cincinnati Enquirer

Madcap made 'Dragon' cast - by Jackie Demaline, Cincinnati Enquirer

Bringing marionettes to life - by MJ Jurgensen, Resident Actor

Designing The Dragon (Part One): The Long Twisting Road - by Andrew Hungerford, Scenic, Lighting, & Puppet Designer

The secret art of the puppeteer - by Irina Niculescu, Director




Behind the Scenes     

Cincy Entertainment talks to Know Theatre & Madcap Puppet Theater from Cincy Entertainment on Vimeo.

Cincy Entertainment talks to Know Theatre of Cincinnati and Madcap Puppets about their upcoming collaboration and the performance of "The Dragon"


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