Travel deep into the Amazon with a young boy named Aki on a quest to save his home. When a fire demon threatens to destroy his village and the surrounding sacred forest, Aki departs on an adventure into a mystical world where each animal and plant has its own remarkable voice. On this epic journey he begins to understand his place in his fragile Amazon home amidst the clash of nature and the modern world. The Magic Rainforest features a wealth of visual elements including puppetry, original music, imaginative sets and costumes, and lots of audience interaction to bring the Amazon Rainforest to life. An adventure for ages 7 to 107.

The Program in Theater will present this senior thesis production of José Cruz González’s acclaimed play, directed by senior certificate student Maeli Goren. Performances will take place on Friday, February 13th at 10:00 a.m., Saturday the 14th at 1:00 p.m., Thursday the 19th at 7:00 p.m., Friday the 20th at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., and Saturday the 21st at 1:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street.

NOTE: While several performances are sold out, a few tickets remain for February 14 at 1:00 p.m. and a late-night showing on February 20 at 11:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. Audiences are also invited to a free open rehearsal of the show (minimal costumes and props) at the New Jersey State Museum Auditorium in Trenton on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.

Video Trailer



by Cameron Johanning ’16

Performance Photos

Ticket Information

Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 students, and free for children 13 and under. Tickets will be available starting January 26 through University Ticketing by calling 609.258.9220 or at the box office prior to each performance.

School groups are invited to reserve blocks of free tickets by emailing cmplatt@princeton.edu by January 16, 2015.

Community groups are invited to reserve blocks of free tickets by emailing fanny@princeton.edu by January 16, 2015.

Get Involved

School and community groups are invited to participate in a project using recycled materials to create art that will be incorporated into the set design for the production. If interested in this project, please contact Cameron Platt at cmplatt@princeton.edu by December 13, 2014.

Educational Resources

Learn about the Amazon Rainforest: Activity 1 | Activity 2

Thank You

Special thanks to the following for the donation of recycled materials for the Magic Rainforest set:
Princeton University Office of Sustainability
Princeton Record Exchange
Princeton University Key Shop

Video: Rehearsal

Event Archive

View or download event materials: Program

Event Information

Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio

Event Times

  • Fri, Feb 13, 2015 · 10:00 am Cal
  • Sat, Feb 14, 2015 · 1:00 pm Cal
  • Thu, Feb 19, 2015 · 7:00 pm Cal
  • Fri, Feb 20, 2015 · 10:00 am Cal
  • Fri, Feb 20, 2015 · 11:00 pm Cal
  • Sat, Feb 21, 2015 · 1:00 pm Cal

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