January 22 – March 6 (PERFORMANCES ADDED SUNDAY MARCH 13th!)
Saturdays @ 3pm & 7pm
Sundays @ 12pm & 3pm
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Filament brings an expansive, freewheeling, new folk musical adaptation of this beloved story to their Northwest side Chicago stage! Six actors playing a menagerie of instruments will lead you from Geppetto’s wood shop through the land of toys, into the belly of a shark, and home again on a journey to learn what it is to be real.

Filament’s folk aesthetic will delight adults and children alike! (Recommended 4+)

The run time is about 1 hour.

A note from the Adaptor:
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Pinocchio Adaptor & Composer, Tyler Beattie

“Pinocchio is at first glance a sprawling adventure, with magical creatures and journeys into wonderful and strange situations– and yet at its core what makes this story endure is the way it explorers the love of family, and the challenges and many pitfalls we encounter when we are growing up. Pinocchio is great for kids– but really it is for adults who remember how hard it was to grow up, or wonder if they ever really did.” – Tyler Beattie

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The Production Team

Adaptor/Composer: Tyler Beattie
Director: Scott Ferguson
Music Director: Tim McNulty
Costume Designer: Noël Huntzinger*
Scenic Designer: Brad Caleb Lee
Lighting Designer: Emma Deanne

The Cast

Felipe Carrasco plays Geppetto plus guitar
Mara Dale* plays the Conscience, et al plus piano & tin whistle
Kamille Dawkins plays the Fox et al plus stand up bass
Billy Rude plays Lampwick, Cat, Harlequin et al plus clarinet & saxophone
Roberto Jonson plays Pinocchio plus guitar
Maddy Low plays Blue Fairy, et al plus saxophone, accordion, ukulele, piano)

*Filament Resident Artist

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Got No Strings:
Ballad of the Conscience:
To Be Real:

Concept recordings featuring: Pinocchio: Govind Kumar; Conscience et al: Jessica McKenna; Blue Fairy et al: Danielle Gaines; Geppetto: Peter Terry; Fox et al: Andi Alhadeff; Cat et al: Nate Trinrud

More Coming Soon!
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Logo high contrast$5 Previews Sponsored by the Inside Out Art Studio & Mask Shop!

Friday, January 22 @ 8pm – SOLD OUT
Saturday, January 23 @ 7pm – SOLD OUT
Sunday, January 24 @ 12pm – SOLD OUT
Sunday, January 24 @ 3pm – SOLD OUT

Thanks to the generous support of Jeff Semmerling and the Inside Out Art Studio & Mask Shop, Filament is able to offer these discounted tickets! Learn more about the many exciting offerings of the Inside Out Art Studio (Art Parties, Camps & Classes), Mask Shop (handmade art quality masks) and their Vaudeville @ 6 Corners all located in our building!

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Pinocchio Workshops for Kids!

james-spider-kidsSaturday, Jan. 30th: 1pm Workshop /  3pm Show
Sunday, February 21st: 10am Workshop /  12pm Show

$35 (Includes show ticket price)

Kindergarten to 7th grade

Do you want to rehearse like Filament Theatre actors? Join one of our resident teaching artists at Filament Theatre for a Pinocchio workshop before the show. We will use the story of Pinocchio to play games, do acting and movement exorcizes, and generate our own version of Pinocchio within the workshop. After the class, enjoy Filament Theatre’s production of Pinocchio: A Folk Musical. Workshop price includes a ticket to the show.

Register by clicking below:
Saturday Jan 30th @ 1pm
Sunday, Feb 21st @ 10am

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The actors welcome audience members! Photo: Dominick Maino

The actors welcome audience members! Photo: Dominick Maino

Audiences Responses:
“Wonderfully talented actor-singer-musicians presented a great morality tale for kids and adults, alike.” – Audience Member

“Took a 5 year-old to see the musical production of Pinocchio at Filament. She had never been to a play and this small, informal setting turned out to be the perfect introduction to live theater. Kids can sit on quilts and pillows on the floor and eat popcorn during the play while adults are comfortably seated in chairs. Not once during the 65 minute production did her attention wander from the actors. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience – the musical numbers are amazing – and would recommend it for children 4 and up.” -Rebecca B via YELP (FIVE STAR REVIEW)

“Local, community minded theater with hefty talent. Amazing experience taking my daughter to her first small theater experience at their production of Pinocchio. Super cozy. Be sure to get there 1/2 hour ahead to chill in their inviting lobby area.” – Choong W. Lee via Facebook (FIVE STAR REVIEW)

“Amazing performance tonight!! My family loved Pinocchio, so fun and inspiring!!!!! Beautiful show…” Theresa Buffo via Facebook (FIVE STAR REVIEW)

“We had a great time. The actors were really friendly and so nice to chat with the kids beforehand… Great masks & puppets!” – Audience Member

“It was a very welcoming experience and an enjoyable performance. I’m really glad that Filament is in the neighborhood.” – Audience Member

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About Filament’s Sensory-Friendly Performance:

Saturday, March 4th @ 10am
Purchase Tickets…

Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families with children with autism or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.

Accommodations for this performance will includes:

  • Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds;
  • Lights remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance;
  • A reduction of strobe lighting or lighting focused on the audience;
  • Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance;
  • Space throughout the theater for standing and movement;
  • Filament staff will be on hand to be inviting and accommodating to families’ needs.
  • A “Social Story” will be available for download to help prepare for the performance at home. (This will be emailed to all attendees after purchasing tickets)

Please Note: Individuals without Sensory sensitivities or not accompanying those who do are encouraged to attend a different performance of Pinocchio.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at

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Filament’s 2016 Season: