Tour Schedule

Fall 2018 CROSS COUNTRY TOUR!

Presenting Two Programs: The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

&

The Basic Byebye Show

 

(Dates will be going up continuously, so check back frequently for newly announced tour stops! Contact Josh Krugman — jrkrugman(at)gmail(dot)com — with booking inquiries — some openings remain!)

 

Friday, September 7th, 6 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Big Town Gallery

99 N Main St. Rochester, VT

Tickets: $10, kids 5 and under free.

Venue website: www.bigtowngallery.com/

 

Saturday, September 8th, 3 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Cambridge Common

Cambridge, MA

Admission by donation

 

Sunday, September 9th, 4:30 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Fort Allen Park/ Mayo St.

Portland, ME

Admission by donation, $10−$25 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Venue website: http://mayostreetarts.org/

 

Wednesday, September 12th, 5:30 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Park Hill Orchard

82 Park Hill Rd. Easthampton, MA

Admission by donation, $10−$25 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Thursday, September 13th, 5:30 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Bard College Simon’s Rock

84 Alford Rd. Great Barrington, MA

Admission by donation

Venue website: https://simons-rock.edu/index.php

 

Sunday, September 16th, 4 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Liberty Lands Park

913 North 3rd St. Philadelphia, PA

Admission by donation, $10−$25 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Venue website: http://www.nlna.org/liberty-lands/

 

Thursday, September 27th, 7 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Dufferin Grove Park as a guest of Clay and Paper Theatre

Toronto, ON

Admission by donation, $10−$25 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Venue website: https://clayandpapertheatre.org/

 

Saturday, September 29th, 8 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

CMAP Detroit’s Puppet House

2221 Carpenter Ave, Hamtramck, MI

Admission by donation, $5−$25 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Venue website: https://www.carriemorris.com/

 

Saturday, October 6th, 7 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

Admission by donation, $10−$25 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Venue website: https://hobt.org/

 

Sunday, October 7th, 7 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

Admission by donation, $10−$25 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Venue website: https://hobt.org/

 

Thursday, October 25th, 5:30 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

The Center for Land-based Learning

5265 Putah Creek Rd. Winters, CA

Admission by donation, $10−$25 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Venue website: http://landbasedlearning.org/

 

Friday, October 26th, 7:30 p.m.

The Basic Byebye Show

Omni Commons

4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, CA

Admission by donation, $15−$25 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Venue website: https://omnicommons.org/

 

Tuesday, November 13th, 4 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Schoolhouse Park

17180 West 4th St. Arivaca, AZ

Admission by donation, $10−$20 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Wednesday, November 21st, 8 p.m. (Doors at 7:30)

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Happy Land

3126 Burgundy St. New Orleans, LA

Admission by donation, $5−$20 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Friday, November 23rd, 8 p.m. (Doors at 7:30)

The Basic Byebye Show

Happy Land

3126 Burgundy St. New Orleans, LA

Admission by donation, $5−$20 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Tuesday, December 4th, 7:30 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Radford University

801 E Main St. Radford, VA

Free admission

Venue website: https://www.radford.edu/content/cvpa/home/performance-season/tickets.html/

 

Sunday, December 9th, 7 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

2640

2640 St. Paul St. Baltimore, MD

Admission by donation, $10−$25 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Venue website: https://www.2640space.org/

 

Tuesday, December 11th, 7 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Threefold Auditorium at Threefold Educational Center

260 Hungry Hollow Rd. Chestnut Ridge, NY

Admission by donation, $10−$25 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Venue website: http://www.threefold.org/index.aspx

 

Thursday, December 13th, 8 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Theatre For the New City

155 1st Ave. Manhattan, NYC, NY

Tickets: $18 general, $12 students, seniors, and kids

Venue website: https://theaterforthenewcity.net/

 

Friday, December 14th, 8 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Theatre For the New City

155 1st Ave. Manhattan, NYC, NY

Tickets: $18 general, $12 students, seniors, and kids

Venue website: https://theaterforthenewcity.net/

 

Saturday, December 15th, 3p.m. & 8 p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Theatre For the New City

155 1st Ave. Manhattan, NYC, NY

Tickets: $18 general, $12 students, seniors, and kids

Venue website: https://theaterforthenewcity.net/

 

Sunday, December 16th, 3p.m.

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

Theatre For the New City

155 1st Ave. Manhattan, NYC, NY

Tickets: $18 general, $12 students, seniors, and kids

Venue website: https://theaterforthenewcity.net/

Look out for more dates soon!

 

Also, contact Josh Krugman — jrkrugman(at)gmail(dot)com — with booking inquiries. There are still some open dates!

 

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DESCRIPTIONS OF TOURING PRODUCTIONS: 

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The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus is an up-to-the minute version of the iconic Bread and Puppet Circus: a large-scale political puppet spectacle powered by a hot brass band, which borrows from traditional Circus tropes to address the urgent issues of the day.

 

B&P Director, Peter Schumann, says of The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus: “The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus is a circus of ruthless critique of 6000 years of unhuman history and the uprisings against it, from the battle of Sempach in 1386 when 1300 peasant women and men, equipped with pitchforks and hayrakes overthrew a 4000 strong state-of-the-art army of knights, to the current battles in which ridiculously small numbers of possibilitarians underthrow — from the toes up — the incompetent billionaire democracy again and again.”

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The Basic Bye-bye Show

The Basic Bye-bye Show is a manifesto on transformation, inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s apocalyptic woodcuts, birch branches lost during an ice storm, and the daily news.

 

In The Basic Bye-bye Show a series of quiet object fantasies unfolds in black, white, and grey inside a small fabric stage printed with elementary words — “Resist,” “Bread,” “Yes,” “Sky,” “Riot,” “Byebye.”  Outside, an orchestra of nonsense instruments arises, spins, and recedes. A birch forest grows. Sculpted clouds produce hands, chairs, and rain. The storm passes. The episodes that make up The Basic Byebye Show develop in abstract counterpoint to periodic handkerchief-assisted “basic byebyes” to various brutal unnecessities of our current politics.

 

B&P director, Peter Schumann, says of the show: “The Basic Bye-bye Show is based on the fact that our culture is saying its basic bye-bye to Mother Earth by continuing the devastating effects of the global economy on our planet – which is why our show proclaims the Possibilitarian’s basic bye-bye to capitalism in order to welcome the 1000 alternatives to this rotten system.”

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Cantastorias from the Possibilitarian Arsenal

Cantastorias from the Possibilitarian Arsenal is a raucous retrospective of Bread and Puppet’s work in this dynamic and democratic medium.

 

Though Bread and Puppet uses the Italian name (“canta-storia” means sung story in Italian), this versatile form has its roots in India ca. 600 AD and has flourished in various guises all over Europe and Asia for the last 1,500 years — from etoki and kamishibai in Japan, to bankelsang in Germany. Common across this diversely productive history is the performance of pictures through the use of song, movement, text, and puppetry.

 

For 50 years, Bread and Puppet has performed cantastorias in the streets and on stage to speak to the urgent themes of the moment. This program comprises a selection of 5 Bread and Puppet cantastorias, from The Foot (1982) to From the Possibilitarian Arsenal of Belligerent Slogans (2017), all of which celebrate creative intervention in the face of an intolerable status quo and the beauty and necessity of protest. The pieces demonstrate the range of director, Peter Schumann’s pictorial invention — from woodcuts emulating Dürer’s Apocalypse to wildly expressionistic paintings, as well as the range of the Bread and Puppet ensemble — from impassive Brechtian didacticism to gleeful slapstick dance: all of it, of course, in service of “the Possibilitarian take-over of society.”

 

 

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