Madcap Puppets

Cincinnati Magazine

Westwood is the city's largest neighborhood in terms of its geographical size, and it's the most heavily populated at 30,000 residents. At one point, it was a crossroads for commerce moving in and out of the city, a place where many large and fashionable homes were built. But, with changes in the city's zoning code in the 1970's and older generations dying off and younger generations moving out, Westwood has seen blight move in.

The latest production from the creative minds at Madcap Puppets is Under the Bonsai, and it will be presented March 21 at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center and March 28 & 29 at the Cincinnati Art Museum. John Lewandowski, artistic & executive director, is with Lee Hay to talk about this production and Madcap’s new home in Westwood.

There's a busy puppet scene here in Cincinnati

Jul 25, 2014

Cincinnati is fortunate to have several quality puppetry organizations and puppeteers living and performing in this area and, in some cases, nationwide. Jim Stump welcomes in to the studio Sean Mette from Madcap Puppets and Terrence Burke from Wump Mucket Puppets to talk about the art of puppetry as well as some upcoming public performances.

Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati is likely to give $500,000 to the Madcap Puppets for its plan to remodel a Westwood building into a new performance space.  

Artistic Director John Lewandowski said the project at the former Bell Telephone Exchange Building on Harrison Avenue will also benefit the community.

“How the arts can lead revitalization in a neighborhood like Westwood and how the arts are a critical part of the fabric of our community that helps keep us together and give us pride in our neighborhood and pride in what we’re doing,” Lewandowski said.

Cincinnati’s acclaimed Madcap Puppet Theater not only performs locally at the Cincinnati Art Museum and Clifton Cultural Arts Center, but they also tour around the country, presenting their signature unique giant puppet shows. Artistic Director John Lewandowski sits down with Jim Stump to talk about the past, present and future of the troupe and their upcoming shows around town.