Wakka Wakka will present the U.S. premiere of Baby Universe (A Puppet Odyssey), at Baruch Performing Arts Center, December 1-January 8, with an opening on December 5.

This original theater piece, written and directed by company members Kirjan Waage and Gwendolyn Warnock, will feature over 30 puppets, animated video projection, a space age score, and a Stephen Hawking inspired robot.

The play is set in apocalyptic future, as the last inhabitants of a doomed Earth furiously search for an escape from the dying sun. In a race against the clock, scientist-generated baby universes are being placed in the care of lonely spinsters in the hope that one might nurture to maturity a savior -- a baby universe capable of birthing a planet that can support the relocation of the entire population.

The company of five puppeteers will include Melissa Creighton, Andrew Manjuck, Peter Russo, Kirjan Waage, and Gwendolyn Warnock. The set design will be by Wakka Wakka and Joy Wang, the costume and mask design by Gwendolyn Warnock, the lighting design by Kate Leahy, the video design by Naho Taruishi, and the sound design by Brett Jarvis and Wakka Wakka. The score has been composed by Lars Petter Hagen.

Wakka Wakka's previous works include the Drama Desk-nominated production of Fabrik.

For more information on the show, click here.