Venue: Wesley Theater


Often described as a hideous crone who lives deep in the forest, Baba Yaga is an unpredictable force from Russian folklore, who occasionally helps and often hinders her fairy tale visitors. Sometimes kind and often cruel, she imparts the audience with romantic advice, told through three classic Russian fairy tales from her perspective.

Written, devised, and performed by Sam Reiter, and aided by the incredible puppetry of Robert Amico, Baba Yaga is "the pure magic of stardust settling, and because of its very nature, it is prone to singe us here and there. It’s an archetype, resurrected: raw, age-old storytelling" (Oregon Arts Watch).

True to its Russian fairy tale roots, the show developed primarily in Moscow, where its creator studied for a semester at the Moscow Art Theatre. Baba Yaga weaves shadow puppets, expressive movement, Pushkin, unconventional anecdotes, Russian dance, and improvisation into a unique storytelling experience.


Created by Sam Reiter

Cast: Sam Reiter -- Baba Yaga, Myriel Meissner -- Puppeteer


Solo, Theater, Puppetry


*While not made specifically for kids or teens, the show is appropriate for all ages. The folkloric storytelling and magic will appeal to children, but parents should be aware of mentions of cannibalism. No graphic or violent descriptions or acts appear in the show.