An interactive Wild West show for kids and families
about how to manage anger when we could just blow right up!

  Written by Ali Oliver-Krueger,
Artistic Director of InterAct Story Theatre

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

Come join us for a Wild West adventure at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center this fall! The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times is an interactive cowboy play for kids and families set in the Wild West, and it's all about figuring out how to manage anger and other big feelings when it feels like we could just bust a gut! 

In this rootin' tootin' tall tale penned by InterAct's Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger, we meet Pufferfish Pat, a legendary cowboy hero who can outride, outrope and outrun just about anything--except his own hair-trigger temper! When Pat gets angry, he blows up like a Pufferfish, which gets him a nickname he hates and bad reputation he doesn’t want. He wants to be a friend to everyone and stay cool as a cucumber...he just doesn't know how!  And with the little town of Gravy Gulch heating up for the annual Great Gravy Cookoff and Fashion Festival, it's more important than ever that Pat keep his cool! Where can he go to find folks who might understand or help him with this ornery problem? And what happens when black hat cowboy One-Eyed Jack rolls back into town, looking to get Pat run out of town for good? Will Pat be able to get a hold of his mean temper in time, or is it adios, Gravy Gulch? 

The play is performed by three actors appearing as many different characters in and around the dusty town of Gravy Gulch, with help from the whole audience, who get to become the cowpokes and townsfolk of Gravy Gulch right from where you sit! 

Activities Before the Show and After the Show
Come early with your kids for crafts and pre-show activities, and stick around afterwards for a Meet-and-Greet with the actors--it's a great time to get autographs, take pictures, and tell us your favorite part of the show! The Pre-show activities table opens 30 minutes before the performance. 

About Managing Anger and Other Big Feelings
We all get mad from time to time--in the play Pufferfish Pat, kids get to hear right along with Pat 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. Kids hear characters sharing their tips and ideas for managing angry feelings see characters modeling different anger management strategies for Pat, and even get to share some advice of their own. 

FIELD TRIP FRIDAYS for Elementary Schools and Home School Groups

On Friday, September 15 and Friday, September 22, InterAct Story Theatre hosts two special field trip opportunities for elementary schools and homeschool audiences--with special discount rates!  The Legend of Pufferfish Pat: A Tall Tale for Mad Times connects with curriculum objectives in Reading Literature and Speaking & Listening, and explores the important character education topics of Anger Management, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, and Caring. Teacher resource materials and parent guides containing pre-performance and post-performance activities are available. For more information about special rates for school groups and home school groups, please contact us at


The performance on this date and time is designed to create a welcoming afternoon of theatre for children who are on the autism spectrum, children who have sensory needs, and their families. This performance includes lower sound levels and a limit on activities that produce loud sounds; families are free to talk and to enter/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). As with all of our performances, house lighting is on in the theatre during the show. We want to provide a positive and comfortable theatre experience for your child. 

Please contact us at so we can reach out to you and become aware of specific needs for your child.



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.
Directions & Parking


Ticket sales for this event are closed
Fri, September 8, 2017: 7:00pm*
(*Pay What You Can Performance)
Sat, September 9, 2017: 11:30am & 1:30pm
Sun, September 10, 2017: 11:30am & 1:30pm**
         (**Sensory Friendly Performance)

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 Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center.

This production is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. On the web at Also, supported in part by Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Montgomery County government and the generous support of a legion of donors and partners. Thank you for supporting arts for kids and families in Maryland!

DIRECTIONS TO Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring

7995 Georgia Avenue is located at the corner of Georgia, East-West Highway and MD 410. Our public & accessible entrance is located off Georgia and on King Street, across from the Holy Cross Clinic.

Landmarks: A Seven-Eleven & Comfort Inn are located directly across Georgia Avenue from the Cultural Arts Center parking entrances.

From the Beltway: Exit at Georgia Avenue (Exit 31) south, go 2 miles to Cultural Arts Center on left immediately past the intersection of East West Highway and Georgia Avenue.

Alternatives to Beltway (traffic happens!)
From Rockville: Veirs Mill Rd. to Wheaton, then right (south) on Georgia Ave.

From Bethesda: East-West Highway to Silver Spring, then right on Georgia Ave. 1 block on left.

From DC: Connecticut Ave. north, right on East-West Highway, right on Georgia Ave. 1 block on left.
Georgia Ave. north to Silver Spring, 1 block past Blair Road on right.

Via Metro
Red Line
to Silver Spring. Walk to East-West Highway. Left on E-W Hwy, 1/2 mile to CAC. You may want to take a taxi from the metro to CAC.

Enter campus complex via King Street or Jessup Blair Drive from Georgia Avenue.

Acceptable Parking Places When Attending a Performance: West Parking Garage or Lot W-1 You must park in a legal space (do not park in pre-labeled spaces such as “Dean”). Watch out for parking on the end of parking rows. You must be between two parking space lines. If you are parked in an illegal space you will be ticketed. WEST PARKING GARAGE: enter via Jessup Blair Drive (quicker) or King Street, drive straight then turn into garage. ENTER-- Public Parking garage entrance (not faculty staff entrance). After parking, take the King Street elevator at the north end of the structure, and it's a very short walk to the CAC up King Street.

W-1 LOT is located directly behind the Cultural Arts Center. Enter via King Street (quicker) or Jessup Blair Drive. If entering via Jessup Blair, continue around underneath the far end of the parking garage.

Accessible parking spaces are located immediately adjacent to the Cultural Arts Center in the W-1 parking lot (must have hang-tag or license plate designation for this parking). Ramp is located on King Street immediately adjacent to the main entrance of the CAC. Our 500 seat theatre (Theatre I) is equipped with a large number of accessible seats. Many of our events are rentals and we do not control those sales. However, when the CAC is selling tickets for events accessible seats are booked exclusively by the box office. If you have already purchased seats and would like to exchange them for accessible seating, then you must call the box office directly at 240-567-5775. This type of seating is held back from general sales until 30 minutes prior to show time. In the case of close-to-capacity performance sales, those seats are released last to general sales.

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