The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times

An interactive play for kids and families about dealing with anger and other big feelings!

Written and Directed by Ali Oliver-Krueger

Montgomery College
Cultural Arts Center, Theatre II
September 8 - 23, 2017

Come join us for a brand new tall tale of the Old West at the Cultural Arts Center this fall!  Penned and directed by Executive and Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger, this production of The Legend of Pufferfish Pat lets kids see a variety of characters who have dealt with angry feelings in different ways, and offer Pufferfish Pat suggestions and support as he struggles to deal with his temper. They hear that angry feelings are natural and even healthy sometimes, and that when it comes to managing angry feelings, there’s no one fix that works for everyone every time.  Instead, kids will see characters modeling their different strategies for Pat, so they can pick up some techniques to help themselves or their friends.

School-Day Performances

The performance run of Pufferfish Pat includes school-day performances on Friday, September 15 and Friday, September 22 for elementary schools and homeschool audiences. The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times connects with curriculum objectives in reading literature and speaking and listening while exploring important character education themes of Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, and Caring. Teacher resource materials and parent guides containing pre-performance and post-performance activities are available.

Sensory-Friendly Performance, Sunday Sept 10 @ 1:30pm

Thanks for choosing our Sensory Friendly Performance of The Legend of Pufferfish Pat. Our Sept. 10 at 1:30 p.m. show is designed to create a welcoming afternoon of theatre for children with autism or sensory sensitivities.

This performance includes lower sound levels and limited activities that produce loud sounds, house lighting on low in the theatre during the show; families are free to talk and exit the theatre during the performance; and a designated quiet area will be near the theatre space (parent/guardian is required to stay with their child at all times).

Please contact us at or (301) 879-9305, so we may be aware of specific needs for your child.

About the Play

The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times is a brand new tall tale looking at how we deal with anger and other big feelings. When Pat gets angry, he blows up like a Pufferfish, earning him a nickname and a reputation that he doesn’t want. And with the little town of Gravy Gulch heating up for the annual Great Gravy Cook-Off, it's more important than ever that he keep his cool! Who can he turn to for help? Will he figure out how to keep a lid on it? Or will things boil over in Gravy Gulch? The play is performed by three actors who become a variety of characters, with the whole audience becoming cowpokes and townspeople right from where you sit! Best for ages 4 and up.

CAST: Alex Miletich IV, Elle Marie Sullivan, and Kelsey Yudice

DESIGN AND CREATIVE TEAM: Ali Oliver-Krueger, Peter Oliver-Krueger, Emily Townsend, and Steve Wolf

This production is made possible in part through funding by Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and Maryland State Arts Council and the generous support of a legion of donors and partners. Thank you for supporting arts for kids and families in Maryland!


The performance also helped to bring us together as a school community. The students learned so much- it sparked discussion of social issues that we talk about in school...Best part was seeing how well the 3 year olds were able to recall the story after our break- they were so engaged.
— The Harbor School



The Legend of Pufferfish Pat:  A Tall Tale for Mad TimesAn interactive play for kids and families about dealing with anger and other big feelings.


Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
near the Silver Spring Metro station.
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Fri, September 8, 2017: 7:00pm*
(*Pay What You Can performance, open to all)
Sat, September 9, 2017: 11:30am & 1:30pm
Sun, September 10, 2017: 11:30am & 1:30pm

Fri, September 15, 2017: 11:00am & 1:00pm
Sat, September 16, 2017: 11:30am, 1:30pm &  4:00pm
Sun, September 17, 2017: 11:30am & 1:30pm

Fri, September 22, 2017: 11:00am & 1:00pm
Sat, September 23, 2017: 11:30am & 1:30pm

Dates and times are subject to change

Note for Parents and Teachers:  For the safety of everyone, children must be under the direct supervision of a parent, teacher or responsible adults at all times while at the Cultural Arts Center.