Theater Stage

Location: Massachusetts Ave. in front of the Central Square Theater
Curated by: Central Square Theater and Liars & Believers in collaboration with Cambridge Arts
Emcee:  Nina Groom, Marketing and Creative Services Associate, Central Square Theater and Glen Moore, Actor, Liars & Believers

12 p.m.

Peter Cannizzaro

12:30 p.m.

The Plenty Collective

1 p.m. &

2 p.m.

Stories Celebrating Life

1:30 p.m. &

2:30 p.m.

Puppet Showplace Theater

3 p.m. &

4 p.m.

Youth Underground

3:30 p.m. 

Catalyst Comedy - KERPLUNK!

4:30 p.m.

Catalyst Comedy - BUMP

5 p.m.

Ideas, Not Theories


A man in white overalls lunges forward with his arm extended upwards.  

12:00
Peter Cannizzaro

Juggling Variety show for kids! With life lessons sprinkled in the performance! facebook.com/Peter.Paradoxx



A blue door in the middle of a snowy area with two people peeking around the door on either side.
12:30

The Plenty Collective

Serfs of Soil
A theatre piece devised by Jane Reagan and Riley Fox Hillyer. A fairy story about the wheel that we humans promote the turning of, how we produce until our world becomes unlivable, and how we repeat that process time and time again. Two performers singing, dancing, and untangling the world as we know it and its imminent end. janereagan.com and rileyfoxhillyer.com



A man playfully plays a harmonically next to a woman holding a tambourine and extending her arm. She has a big smile on her face.
1:00 & 2:00
Stories Celebrating Life

Sumner and Linda McClain perform “A Harvest for Healthy Living,” interactive stories and music that sow seeds of love, peace, and empowerment for healthy living. Utilizing interactive singing, drums, harmonica, and puppetry, the performance includes original as well as traditional stories. In keeping with the Cambridge Arts River Festival theme, they will perform "Abiyoyo" by Pete Seeger, "Who is Brother Bear,” an original story of how we can work together to maintain and bring "light" to the world, and "The day there was no weather," an original story in which a child learns to appreciate the natural environment.” storiescelebratinglife.com


An alligator puppet holds the head of a woman puppet in its jaws.
1:30 & 2:30
Puppet Showplace Theater

Puppet Showplace Theater’s resident artist Sarah Nolen performs her original show “Judy Saves the Day.” After being pushed around for over 200 years, the famous hand puppet heroine Judy has had enough! Cheer her on as she goes on a quest for respect, justice, and a well-deserved nap. This modern interpretation of the traditional "Punch and Judy" show is a hilarious, timely, hand-crafted farce that the whole family will enjoy! puppetshowplace.org


Seven performers stand on a stage in two rows. Each is making a different, extreme facial expression.
3:00 & 4:00
Youth Underground

Youth Underground, Central Square Theater’s resident performance ensemble, creates and performs original theatre investigating social issues relevant to young people based on interviews with community members and experts, in-school residencies with area high-school students, and an in-depth workshop and development process with a professional playwright and director. This year, the ensemble decided to tackle an issue of particular importance - voting. At the Cambridge Arts River Festival, Youth Underground will perform a 20-minute excerpt from their full-length piece, “Act Up & Vote!”, a dynamic, visually engaging, accessible play that will help new voters better understand how government works and why their votes matter. centralsquaretheater.org/education/youth-underground



A man in a white dress shirt, tie, and fedora hands something out to a large group of children on a stage. Behind him, a woman holds a penguin puppet.
3:30
Catalyst Comedy - KERPLUNK!

KERPLUNK! is a create-your-own-adventure show where kids in the audience call all the shots from the name of the show to the decisions the characters make! Space pirates, talking dogs, trees that hug you—each performance is based on the audience's imagination, so no two adventures are ever the same. Little ones who are on the shy side will love to clap their hands along to the music from the safety of their seats! Budding stars will love coming up on stage, donning a costume piece, and joining in the action! Plus, parents will love watching the professionally trained musicians and improv comedians create all the lines, all the singing, and all the dancing - right on the spot! catalystcomedy.com


A group of performers wearing black stand and knell on a stage with their hands extended upwards and mouths open, as if they are singing.

4:30
Catalyst Comedy - BUMP

Boston's Unscripted Musical Project (BUMP) is an improv show like you've never seen before. Based on an audience suggestion of a setting and a title, the cast and live band work together to create a brand-new musical. All the lines, all the singing, all the dancing, and all the music is all made up right on the spot. It's Broadway meets “Who's Line Is It Anyway” -- and the results are hilarious! catalystcomedy.com



Three performers sit on bikes and drum on them with drumsticks. Two of the performers are wearing strange tan hats.

5:00
Ideas, Not Theories
“Ideas, Not Theories” is a theatrical percussion company for unconventional percussion instruments directed and created by Reynaliz Herrera. "Ideas, Not Theories" offers several programs featuring her original music for bicycles and other unconventional instruments. This time Reynaliz Herrera will present her program "Ideas, Not Theories- Educational & Interactive Show,” which includes original music exploring the use of unconventional instruments such as bicycles, tap and body percussion, water, and brushes as well as traditional percussion instruments such as drums. The musical works are linked together through a story line, physical theater and comedy, and original characters, making the complete performance a unique, quirky, and creative artistic experience. CREDITS: Reynaliz Herrera (Director/Composer/Script). Photo credit: Meg Ramirez. ideasnottheories.com


Theatre of Eternal Values

Theatre of Eternal Values