La Jolla’s UCSD Geisel Library hosted paper theater

The 13th annual Paper Theatre Festival & Exhibit runs noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 10 in the Seuss Room of

Geisel Library on UC San Diego campus. The exhibit and related activities at 2 p.m. each day are free and open to the public.

Paper theatre, also called tabletop theater or toy theater, dates back to the Victorian Era when theatrical playhouses printed and sold fine souvenir posters showcasing architectural elements of their theater. These included aspects of set design, along with drawings of company actors in costume from a specific production.

Condensed scripts were included and paper doll players were soon seen in lively productions on tabletops at home. Families and hobbyists would cut out the proscenium, the curtain, etc., to create a scale model of the theater.

These hobbyists ended up learning much about scenic design, lighting and sound effects, music, acting, directing and choreography — all through this paper theater toy — and many aspects of stagecraft were introduced to producers and performers of all ages.

For more information, call Scott Paulson at (858) 822-5758 or visit