Dreamland Theater is on Washington Street in downtown Ypsilanti, where the rent is lower than Ann Arbor and the avant-garde creative types are more comfortable. The space also hosts live bands and adult puppet shows in addition to the Sunday children's performances. Yes, this place truly looks and feels like the old Network and its all-inclusive, organic, hippie, live-in culture.
The owner of Dreamland Theater, Naia Venturi, has a U-M physics degree but has decided her passion is working here, creating sock puppets, stick puppets, and marionettes. While the puppets in today's show are sock and stick puppets, numerous marionettes hang from the walls and ceiling. They're chunky clay and clothed babies, dinosaurs, birds, and fantastical, one-of-a-kind creations.
The lost "children" on stage love Ypsilanti too. They're relieved by how "nice" the city is. And in fact, at the end of the show, a blob monster that had previously refused to share food with them orders a pizza, telling the person on the other end of his monster cell phone, "No, I'm not interested in the jalapeno poppers," before giving the address--26 North Washington.