A Magical odyssey, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon weaves rich folklore into captivating adventure.

Young Minli lives with her parents near Fruitless Mountain, surviving on the meager fare they can produce. Inspired by the rich tales her father tells (and by magical goldfish), Minli determines she will find the Old Man of the Moon who, it is said, knows the secret of good fortune. On her quest she encounters royalty, dragons, and several more stories, from which she learns what true good fortune really is. Based on the 2010 Newbery Honors book, this “fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore,” is a beautifully-told Wizard of Oz riff with a huge heart.

Age recommendation: 5+. This play has a couple of small moments of peril. It is highly theatrical, and incorporates puppets, dance, masks, and more.

Run time: An hour and 30 minutes with a 15-minute intermission

Audiences & Critics are raving...

"... a delightful interwoven tale of dragons, family, folklore, and puppetry..." - Broadway World

a "... graceful and lively adaptation..." and "ruthlessly charming and entertaining" - ArtsATL
"The set is beautiful and the actors are all fantastic! The show is very entertaining. We were all impressed by the combination of excellent storytelling, adventure, humor, physical acting, and choreography..." - Macaroni Kid Buckhead/Brookhaven

Community Partners - East by SouthEast, Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta Chinese Dance Company, Little Shop of Stories

Supporters - Sweet Hut

All patrons at our Saturday shows (1 or 4:30pm) can attend the Puppet Factory Make-a-Dragon puppet workshop at 3pm! Come early, stay late, make a puppet!


Before Grace Lin was an award-winning and NY Times bestselling author/illustrator of picturebooks, early readers and middle grade novels, she was the only Asian girl (except for her sisters) going to her elementary school in Upstate NY. That experience, good and bad, has influenced her books—including her Newbery Honor WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON, her Geisel Honor LING & TING, her National Book Finalist WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER and her Caldecott Honor A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR. But, it also causes Grace to persevere for diversity as an occasional New England Public Radio commentator and when she gave her TEDx talk “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf,” as well as her PBSNewHour video essay “What to do when you realize classic books from your childhood are racist?.” She continued this mission with a hundred episodes of the podcast kidlitwomen* and now currently hosts two other podcasts: Book Friends Forever and Kids Ask Authors. In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House and Grace, herself, was recognized by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. In 2022, Grace was awarded the Children’s Literature Legacy Award from the American Library Association. Grace is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with her husband, daughter and five chickens. 

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Cast + Crew

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Willie Frierson Jr.

Black Dragon & Ensemble

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Chris Hecke

Emissary Chu & Ensemble

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Kevin Huang Qian

Magistrate Tiger’s Son & Ensemble / Dragon Swing

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Kristina Jin

Minli & Ensemble

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Crystal Lo

Magistrate Tiger & Ensemble

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Nancy Nguyen


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Toru Shimoji

Ba, Old Man & Ensemble

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Charlene Hong White

Ma & Ensemble

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Joseph Yang


Justin Anderson


Frances Chang

Assistant Director

Kerry Lee

Chinese Movement Consultant

Sophie Hansuh Im

Scenic Design

Elisabeth Cooper

Lighting & Shadow Puppet Design

Stephanie Polhemus

Scenic Design Mentor

Kate Hoang

Sound Design

Naomi Smith

Props Design

Jonida Beqo Vogli

Costume Design

Elisabeth Fisher

Assistant Stage Manager

Joseph Watts, Matt Brohammer

Technical Direction