Presented virtually by The New Hazlett as part of the Community Supported Art Performance Series

The Dragon of Polish Hill

September 24 – 25, 2020

Please join us for the final performances of our CSA season! The Dragon of Polish Hill by Dave English featuring Will Schutze will be presented virtually, with live Q&A by the artists.

These performances are free and open to the public, but donations are greatly appreciated. The arts – and the artists themselves – are especially challenged today. Help us continue to provide the community support that so many artists in our city rely on.



The Dragon of Polish Hill tells the story of two neighborhood residents who were destined never to know each other until Stanley Onion, a 115-year-old man with dementia, and Willy James, a rabbit-eared performance artist, are brought together by a chance encounter. The circumstances that follow force Willy to consider his own values in light of their friendship. This performance explores cultures colliding in a changing urban neighborhood.

The son of an embalmer dad and an elementary school teacher/quilt maker mom, Dave English logically grew up to be a puppeteer. A native of Pittsburgh, Dave currently lives in Polish Hill. He is the president of the Puppetry Guild of Pittsburgh and holds a BFA in Theatre & Puppetry from West Virginia University. Dave’s collaborator Will Schutze is an artist, songwriter and puppeteer from Austin. He comes from a 40-year-old Texas tradition of marionettes, having cut his teeth at state fairs and massive holiday shows with World on a String puppet theater.

Performance News

REVIEW: The Dragon of Polish Hill
October 12, 2020

PREVIEW: The Dragon of Polish Hill
March 5, 2020

Additional accommodations for this performance:

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