Once Upon a Reality


P.O. Box 607900

Chicago, IL 60660

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About the Play:

"Penelope" is inspired by the classic tale of "Pinnochio" and follows the story of a man attempting to rebuild his life after facing tragedy. After deciding to live his life as a recluse, he builds a marionette daughter and raises her as his own. On her 16th birthday, the world he has known and designed for himself is about to get flipped upside down.

"Penelope" was first presented as a reading in Boise, ID by Homegrown Theatre. After further development, the play was re-launched as a staged reading with a beautiful marionette, produced by OurxProd at Garden City Projects (Boise, ID).

This play is currently in development with plans to produce it as a site-specific and immersive production in the Palm Springs area in Spring of 2019. For future details on the project, including casting and funding opportunites, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Creative Team

Written by:

Erika Jenko

Puppet Designer/Builder:

Jessica Nebeker

Company (2018 Staged Reading)

Luke Massengill, Susan Shake, Jaime Nebeker, Kelly Barker, Noel Nelson, Leah Reynolds

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*Currently in Development*

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