Mainstage Productions

Asheville Creative Arts and Khunum Productions present

a multi sensory puppet experience for ages 5+

Human written and directed by Nehprii Amenii


written & directed by Nehprii Amenii

April 28 – May 15, 2022

at the Tina McGuire Theatre at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts

Stephan Pruitt Photography

At the bottom of the ocean…where the darkness meets the stars…an octopus tells the story of a thing once called the Human Being! HUMAN is an all-ages hybrid puppetry production that explores human-ness, its extinction, and how we can stay connected to our own hearts.

With performers April Tillies, Joshua Chung, Kaylyn Carter, Khalilah Smith, Olympea, Rebekah Babelay and Tippin, with understudy Edwin Salas Acosta 

Stage Manger Jorge Ariel Blanco


The creative team features

Original Music by Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby

Lyrics by Nehprii Amenii, Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby

Choreography by Amparo Chigui Santiago

Lights, Projections and Environment design by Marie Yokoyama

Sound designs by Joo Won Park

Puppet design and fabrication by Dan Jones Jorge Ariel Blanco, and April Tillies; with early prototype designs by Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins

musical directors Gina Stewart and Brenda Gambill

dramaturgy by Dr. Allison Curseen and Philip Santos Schaffer

production support and production assistance from Marina Celander, Alex Smith, Stephan Pruitt Photography and Jennifer Bennett graphic design and video support.

with outreach from ACA’s Community Development Director, Daniele Martin.

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Stephan Pruitt Photography

*all remaining performances are sold out and no longer accepting names for the waiting list!* Seating is general admission, and includes chairs and cushions; We will seat names from the existing waiting list starting at 5 minutes after the hour

Friday 5/13 7pm performance followed by talk-back with local artists / entrepreneurs Ajax Ravenel (Just Blk – Humane Human – ) and Melvin AC Howell ( Heart/Soul (Bee + YOU + neek one-of-a-kind comfy tees –


public performances for HUMAN

*to support broader accessibility, ACA has made all performances free to the public, with a hat passed post-show for those who can and wish to contribute

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources., and the Jim Henson Foundation. HUMAN has been developed as part of New Victory LabWorks at the New Victory Theatre, powered by New 42.

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