The Bread and Puppet Theater celebrates their 50th Anniversary with performances from classic shows including “King Story,” an early anti-war piece which was originally performed in 1967, “President and Chair,” created in 1992 that pokes fun at presidents, election campaigns and puppet shows, “The Foot,” originally performed in the march and rally in New York City in 1982 where people demonstrated against nuclear weapons, and “A Man Says Goodbye To His Mother,” created during the Vietnam War era.
The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 on New York City’s Lower East Side, with the belief in puppet theater as a wholesome and powerful language that can touch men and women and children alike. The concerns of the first productions were rents, rats, police, and other problems of the neighborhood. More complex theater pieces followed, in which sculpture, music, dance and language were equal partners–during the Vietnam War, block-long processions and pageants involved hundreds of people. Now based on a farm in Glover in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Bread and Puppet is one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country.
WHEN? Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7pm
WHERE? The Sanctuary for Independent Media (3361 6th Avenue, Troy, NY)
“The Bread & Puppet Theater has been so long a part of America’s conscious struggle for our better selves, that it has become, paradoxically, a fixture of our subconscious.”- Andrei Codrescu, NPR commentator
“…a refreshing reminder of the vitality and power of street theater.” – The New York Times
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