Hello again, Friends of Bread and Puppet Theater,
In this era of extreme right wing rule, political theater is more urgently needed than ever. Since the election, audiences are showing up to B & P shows in droves; in tiny Blue Hill, Maine (pop. 2,500), over 300 people turned out for the sold out performance. At the Panorama Arts Collective in Philly, the house was so full that audiences had to part like the sea to allow puppets to enter. At the Women’s March in D.C., over 100 volunteers joined the big blue boat as butterflies and washerwomen, floating through the capital. And the diverse, multi-talented company continues to tour several shows to large, enthusiastic audiences.
Other news from the theater’s very busy year: In November, the B & P Board met for a two day, facilitated retreat to set specific goals for the future. Working in his new studio, Peter is painting up a storm and creating a series of concrete sculptures for the village in the pine forest. As many as 4 Cheap Art Stores are open at one time, and we’ve embarked on an exciting new collaboration with Fomite Press. The Northeast Kingdom Weapons & Tools for Decapitalization installation was shown at MassArt in Boston, and the Ballard Museum at UConn hosted Object, Image, Text: The Bread & Puppet Press, a survey of Peter Schumann’s prodigious production of pamphlets, books, and posters since the 1960s.
Our Sustainability Fund was created by the board for the preservation of the theater’s infrastructure and the health and welfare of long-term members. We’ve asked you to contribute to the Fund in the past, and you came through like gangbusters, for which we are very grateful. We are writing today with an urgent request for your help with our museum.
Built between 1860 and 1862 of 45 foot long, first growth spruce beams by John Sherburne and his family, this awesome four story structure was originally a dairy barn, housing cows, their feed and bedding, and the inevitable manure. Today, the cows have been replaced with hundreds of puppets, covering the walls and floors throughout. But the north side of the museum roof is in dire shape, with sheet metal sections peeled up by the wind and supports rotting and needing replacement. The structure is almost 100 feet long, the roof is vast, and we will need $23,000 for this repair.
B & P has declined direct government, corporate or foundation grants since its inception. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, donations are 100% tax-deductible.
You can snail mail a check to:
181 Columbia Heights
Brooklyn, NY 11201
The Bread and Puppet Museum is an integral and essential part of our mission. Help us keep a roof over those puppets’ heads. And thank you for your ongoing support!
The Board of Directors of the Bread and Puppet Theater