Wednesdays-Sundays, Sept 21-Oct 2, 2016

The fourth performance from Deke Weaver and The Unreliable Bestiary, a performance for each letter of the alphabet, each letter represented by an endangered animal or habitat.

In collaboration with a team of artists, designers, and performers, the Urbana Parks District and the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, BEAR is a reflection of the hibernation cycle.  The six month performance has 3 chapters: Fall, Winter, and Spring.  

During BEAR's Fall Chapter Unreliable Bestiary Park Rangers will lead groups of 12 through local wild land on walking tours of six stations (one for each month the bear is awake, each station built with recycled material), culminating with a tale told in a close, dark den.



10 nights only 

Wednesdays-Sundays, Sept 21-Oct 2, 2016

Tours leave each night at 4pm, 4:45pm, 5:30pm, 6:15pm, 7pm, and 7:45pm

Each tour will last approximately 110 minutes.

If you come to BEAR, be prepared. Dress for the weather. Wear comfortable shoes. There will be walking (on dirt, possibly muddy, trails). The walk is about 1.25 miles long. There will be crawling. There is a 25 minute long story told in close quarters.

Free but tickets are required. Starting September 14th at 10am tickets and Bear Field Guides will be available on a first-come-first-served basis (online and phone reservations will not be accepted) at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Box Office (500 South Goodwin Avenue Urbana, Illinois). Limit of four tickets per person. Patrons must select only one date/time and may not request tickets to multiple performances.  You must pick up your ticket and field guide at the Krannert Center before arriving on site.  

Tickets will not be available on site on the evenings of the performances. The Bear Field Guide will instruct participants where their group will meet.  

For more information go to The Unreliable Bestiary and the Krannert Center website at To reach Deke Weaver, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

BEAR is supported by the Urbana Park District, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the University of Illinois Campus Research Board, the Center for Advanced Study, the College of Fine & Applied Arts, the School of Art & Design, the Guggenheim Foundation, a City of Urbana Arts Grant, and magnificently refined individuals.