Tour Schedule

Spring Tour 2018: Northeast and Eastern Seaboard

Two Programs: The Basic Byebye Show

&

Cantastorias from the Possibilitarian Arsenal

 

DATES:

 

Tuesday, April 10th, 7:30 p.m.

The Basic Byebye Show

West Park Presbyterian Church (hosted by The Center at West Park)

165 West 86th St., NY, NY

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

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Wednesday, April 11th, 8 p.m.

The Basic Byebye Show

Bucknall Theater, University of New Haven

300 Boston Post Rd., West Haven CT

Free and Open to the Public!

 

Friday, April 13th, 7 p.m.

Cantastorias from the Possibilitarian Arsenal

First Church

190 Court St., Middletown, CT

Admission by donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Saturday, April 14th, time TBD

Cantastorias from the Possibilitarian Arsenal

Black Box @ AS220

115 Empire St., Providence RI

Tickets: $15, available at www.as220.org and at the door.

 

Sunday, April 15th, 5 p.m. 

Cantastorias from the Possibilitarian Arsenal

The Sprinkler Factory

38 Harlow St., Worcester, MA

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

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Venue website: http://www.sprinklerfactory.com/

 

Thursday, April 19th, 7:30 p.m.

The Basic Byebye Show

Spontaneous Celebrations

45 Danforth St., Jamaica Plain, MA

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Venue website: http://www.spontaneouscelebrations.org/

 

Friday, April 20th, 7:30 p.m.

The Basic Byebye Show

Spontaneous Celebrations

45 Danforth St., Jamaica Plain, MA

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Venue website: http://www.spontaneouscelebrations.org/

 

Saturday, April 21st, 7:30 p.m.

The Basic Byebye Show

Spontaneous Celebrations

45 Danforth St., Jamaica Plain, MA

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Venue website: http://www.spontaneouscelebrations.org/

 

Sunday, April 22nd, 7:30 p.m.

The Basic Byebye Show

Spontaneous Celebrations

45 Danforth St., Jamaica Plain, MA

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Venue website: http://www.spontaneouscelebrations.org/

 

Tuesday, April 24th, 7 p.m.

The Basic Byebye Show

Mayo Street Arts

10 Mayo St., Portland, ME

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Tickets: $20 front row, $15 regular, $12 students and seniors, available here.

 

Wednesday, April 25th, 6 p.m.

Cantastorias from the Possibilitarian Arsenal

The Barn at Moonspring

8 Cross Rd., Surry, ME

Admission by donation: $10-$18 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Friday, April 27nd, 7 p.m.

The Basic Byebye Show

The Crosby Center (hosted by Waterfall Arts)

96 Church St., Belfast, ME

Tickets: $15 General Admission, $12 members. Available here.

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Saturday, April 28th, 7 p.m.

The Basic Byebye Show

Emery Arts Center at University of Maine, Farmington

Main St., Farmington, ME

Admission by donation: $10-$25 suggested. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Sunday, April 29th, 7 p.m.

Cantastorias from the Possibilitarian Arsenal

House Center A, Dartmouth College

12 Crosby St., Hanover, NH

Free and open to the public.

 

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DESCRIPTIONS OF TOURING PRODUCTIONS: 

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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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Faust 3

After Faust 2’s contract with the devil came to an end — because the guest had been fulfilled and satisfaction had been achieved — Faust 2 died. But the demand for more light which Goethe issued at his own death requires a new model of Faust, an actor in the history of light, a conspirator who pursues the disordering of the existing order of life, & sides with the Proletariat’s demand for the radicalization of leisure. Gargoyles are employed to manage the uneasy masses. Both devil & angel, disguised as undercover agents, accompany Faust 3’s journey through the mess of the modern empire all the way to the glorious final appearance of the Here.

 

Esteli Kitchen and Tyson Houseman in Bread & Puppet’s FAUST 3 Summer 2016. Photo by Mark Dannenhauer

 

 

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