Little Amal, the 12-metre puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee, will visit Chicago from September 28 to October 1 as part of her fall tour across the US.
Produced by The Walk Productions in collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company, “Amal Walks Across America” aims to make the voices of the excluded and spread a story of hope as the puppet explores the cultures and people that make up the United States. As organizers, it represents thousands of refugees worldwide seeking a safe place to live.
Chicago Children’s Theatre, Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago International Puppet Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Silk Road Rising, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Refugee Coalition, Literacy, Illinois Volunteers, Madonna Mission, MedGlobal, New American The Welcome Center, YMCA University, the Detroit Mayor’s Office, and the Syrian Community Network will hold a series of theatrical welcome events when Amal drops by Chicago.
His two-month march is scheduled to reach about 35 cities and towns across the United States.
“Amal represents unity and hope,” said Amir Nizar Zuabi, artistic director of Walk Productions. “Every artist, organization, and institution has a story to tell about its unique cross-section of American history and culture, and we invite Amal and all Americans to learn about what makes this country’s heartbeat.”
The giant puppet was created by the Handspring Puppet Company (which makes puppets for the popular show “War Horse”) in South Africa and has traveled to 13 countries. The character was inspired by the play “The Jungle” by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, which tells the story of a French refugee camp.
Amal’s Chicago stop “What city is this, guys?” It starts with the event. It will be staged at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on September 28 and culminate with “Drifting Asleep” on September 30 at Maggie Daley Park, where Amal will curl up in the moonlight and daydream.
“Amal Walks in America” will be at various locations in Chicago from September 28 to October 1, for more information: walkwithamal.org