Tour Schedule

For descriptions of the shows in the current Touring repertory, scroll down below the schedule.


West Coast Tour

For the first time in fourteen years we will tour the West Coast, from Los Angeles to Seattle, with a series of performances, workshops, lectures, exhibits and parades. Stay tuned here for more details.

Wednesday, September 30th,  8:00 p.m.

FIRE performance

Seaver Theatre Mainstage, Pomona College, 300 E. Bonita Avenue, Claremont, CA



Saturday, October 3rd,  7:00 p.m.

FIRE performance

Blum & Poe Gallery, 2727 S. La Cienega Boul., Los Angeles, CA

Free. For information, call 310-836-2062, or consult


Monday, October 5th, 8 p.m.

FIRE performance

Porter Dining Hall, University of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Free, donations much appreciated.


Tuesday, October 6th,  7:30 pm

FIRE performance

OMNI Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, CA

$10 suggested donation, no one turned away. For more information, consult


Wednesday, October 7th,  6:00 – 8:00 pm  

opening reception for JINGLES & GIANTS: A Bread and Puppet Book Fair at the San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco. Pop-up Exhibit runs from Oct 7-12.  


Wednesday, October 7th,  7:00pm. 

FIRE Performance, followed by a Bread Reception 

Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Sebastopol Ave, Hwy 12, Sebastopol,  Tickets are $20 or donation.  (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.)



Friday, Oct 9th,  6:00pm. 

Reception and Cheap Art Sale followed by

Fiddle Lecture by Peter Schumman followed by

Performance of  FIRE

 Internet Archive, 300 Funston Avenue, SF, Tickets are $20 or donation.  (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.)                                                            

Tickets –

On Friday, Oct 9, come early to the Internet Archive for a wine reception and sale of the company’s “Cheap art” at 6:00 p.m.  Then at 7 p.m. we will be dedicating the Bread & Puppet Archive with Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle and filmmaker Dee Dee Halleck.  Thanks to Halleck’s generosity, the Internet Archive is preserving 150 hours of video of circuses, pageants, passion plays, 250 puppeteers, and making it available to the public.  Then Peter Schumann will perform one of his famous Fiddle Talks, an once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the philosophy of this visionary artist.  All this is leads up to a performance of FIRE.


Saturday, Oct 10th,  2:00pm

Parade at Dolores Park, San Francisco 

(Parade participants are welcome–wear white and meet at 1 p.m., look for the big banners and boat!) Bread and Puppet will lead the We are All in the Same Boat parade with volunteers, musicians and community members, asking a provocative question for the Bay Area in 2015:  “What if we could all swim together?”


Sunday, October 11th, 1:00-4:00 p.m

Bread and Puppet: Play in The Tenderloin 

Luggage Store Annex/Tenderloin National Forest, 511 Ellis Street (between Hyde & Leavenworth)

Bread and Puppet Cantastoria performances in the Tenderloin National Forest with bread and aioli; stew made “Fresh from the Oven” by Amara Tabor Smith; sewing with The Mending Library. In the Luggage Store Annex Gallery: Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art” Sale and art activities for children with ArtsEd4All.


Saturday, October 17th,  7:30 p.m. 

FIRE performance

Diver Studio Theatre, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR, 97202

$10-$20 sliding scale.

Discussion with the company follows.


Monday, October 19th, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Cantastoria workshop 

Jade/APANO Multicultural Space: JAMS, 8114 SE Division St., Portland, Oregon

$10 – $20 sliding scale. For information call 917-340-4861 and consult

Cantastoria is a simple form of storytelling and performance involving sung narration and painted pictures. Puppeteers will start this workshop training participants to perform a Bread & Puppet cantastoria together, and then will work with participants to conceive and develop their own cantastoria.


Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th, 8 p.m.

FIRE performance

Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

$20 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.


Sunday, October 25th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cantastoria: Techniques of Portable Political Performance

Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.




New York City in December

Saturdays & Sundays, Dec 12th & 13th, and 19th & 20th, 2:00pm. 

The Overtaklessness Circus 

Theater for the New City, 155 1st Avenue (between 9th & 10th st.), New York, NY 10003  (212) 254-1109

Tickets: $18; $13 for students and seniors; $10 kids under 12 years; free for kids 2 years and under.

NYC volunteers interested in performing please email Esteli Kitchen at


Wednesday through Sunday, Dec 16th-20th, 8:00 pm

The Seditious Conspiracy Theater Presents: A Monument to the Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera

Theater for the New City, 155 1st Avenue (between 9th & 10th st.), New York, NY 10003  (212) 254-1109

Tickets: $18; $13 for students and seniors; $10 kids under 12 years

NYC volunteers interested in performing please email Esteli Kitchen at





Thursday May 29th – October 11th.

“Speak Up! Speak Out! Bread & Puppet Theater”

University of Connecticut’s William Benton Museum of Art

in collaboration with the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

Preview reception: May 28, 4:30 to 7 pm


This exhibition focuses on Bread & Puppet’s activist responses to fundamental political and social issues that have defined American culture over the past 50 years, including the war in Vietnam; Central American turmoil and Liberation Theology; the politics of black liberation as represented by the Attica prison uprising and the M.O.V.E. family in Philadelphia; opposition to nuclear weapons and nuclear power; and the war in Iraq. Writing of Bread & Puppet, the poet Grace Paley asked, “Why not speak the truth directly? Just speak out! Speak up! Speak to! Why not?”







FIRE was Originally created in 1965 and later dedicated to three Americans who immolated themselves in protest against the war in Vietnam. Fire is a glimpse into seven days in a Vietnamese community which is incinerated by firebombs, followed by a scene referencing the protest self-immolations. Fire is performed with life-sized puppets which resemble their manipulators. George Dennison, author, educator, and longtime observer of Bread & Puppet, said: “To some extent (Fire) is a service to the dead. Beyond this it manifests certain of the deep premises of the human condition, the inequitableness of life, our dependencies on each other, the social nature of the self.”




The Seditious Conspiracy Theater Presents: A Monument for the Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera


From the meaning of the word conspiracy to the indictment of seditious conspiracy, a group of competent clowns supported by a chorus of seditious conspiracy dancers demonstrate the effects of U.S. actions on the island of Puerto Rico, as well as the power of the government over the individual freedom fighter by highlighting the stages in Oscar’s life that led to his incarceration.




Underneath the Above Show #1 (inspired by the forthcoming elections in the greatest country in the history of the world)


Underneath the Above Show #1 is a puppet show contribution to the ongoing U.S. presidential election campaign, performed by a team of hardhats who manipulate the life-size cardboard electorate. The elementary dissatisfaction of the population and its desire for systemic change are demonstrated in three acts showing 3 regime changes in a distant mountainous country and are in stark contrast to the actuality of the ongoing presidential campaign. Act 3 features a guest appearance by an old jolly god resurrected for the purpose of promoting life, health, home, and general protection from evil!  Proletarian coffee breaks included.



The Overtakelessness Circus


This year’s Bread and Puppet Circus, which takes its title and some of its themes from Emily Dickinson’s poems, features clown advertisements for the gun industry’s latest attempts at gun diversification, football reenactments of coach Obama’s rush of the TPP, the exposure of the real reptilian cause of the failed government response to California’s drought crisis – all in all a hectic, hilarious, and beautiful monument to the shipwreck of our current situation.



A Thing Done In A Seeing Place

A black and white puppet show which applies the problems of Sophocles’
Antigone to the now-situation and contains a few distorted quotes from the
original text.

A thing Done in a Seeing Place





Captain Boycott

Captain Boycott is a show in 3 chapters:

1)    A Thing Done In A Seeing Place – a modern re-telling of Antigone

2)    The Horizontalists – the anti historic philosophy of horizontalisim, which casts light on historic events

3)    Captain Boycott – the story of the boycot’s victory over the Captain who bears that name: Captain Charles Boycott, who in 1880 was pulled off his high horse by his own peasants and had his name removed from his self and repossessed and fitted to thousands of rebellions and protests. The issue is the endless re-occurrences of captainly oppression, whether military or economical. The title of the backdrop of this chapter, Men And Women With Sticks, refers to the 15th and 16th century precedents to captain Boycott: the peasant revolts in the Black Forest and The Upper Rhine Valleys.

The show will be performed in collaboration with Bread and Puppeteers and a large group of local volunteers.







The Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: The Situation

This upbeat puppet play features an anti-extinction angle, the union of brooms, a 100 watt light-bulb, and a ship of fools, all for the purpose of urging the not yet upriser-masses into existence.


Public Access photo by Tom Cunningham

Public Access photo by Tom Cunningham



Shatterer of Worlds Chapel with Naturalization Services for Applicants Requesting Citizenship in the Shattered World

A walkabout political puppet performance, enveloping audience and performers alike. At the moment when the first atomic bomb was dropped, Oppenheimer, the chief architect of that bomb, recalled words from the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu prayer epic: “Life, the splendor of 1000 suns blazing all at once, resembling the exulted soul, is become Death, the shatterer of worlds.” In view of the latest failed earth summit and faced with the likelihood of multiple planetary shatterings, this sentence is reproduced by the Paper Maché Authorities in the Cathedral of Impermanence for your enlightenment and as a reminder of our possible predicament. The overt extrajudicial capabilities of the society system allow the shatterer of worlds to function legally to cultivate destructions so minute and gigantic, the eye cannot perceive and the mind cannot behold them. No politician, no hazardous substance, but a well-established tradition and demon strengthened by endless practices of devastation, the shatterer continues to plot the assassination of existence-as-it-is, while disguising his activities as benevolent maneuvers meant to cure the two ailing adversaries: the planet and humanity.

Link to representative “The Shatterer of Worlds” footage taken by Mark Dannenhauer:

Shatterer of Worlds, photo by Mark Dannenhauer

Shatterer of Worlds, photo by Mark Dannenhauer



Birdcatcher in Hell

In 1971, inspired by the fresh green of the Cate Farm meadows, Peter Schumann was moved to make a show all in red, sculpting and painting dozens of masks, including a huge, intricately decorated “King of Hell.”  The story came from an ancient Kyogen, a comic interlude in the Japanese Noh cycle. Schumann, together with poet Bob Nichols, had already created a “Birdcatcher”  show in the mid sixties back in New York City. Strong political messages colored both versions:  The bombardment of Vietnam civilians by US “observers” in the sky-blue 1960′s version, and President Nixon’s pardon of Lt. Calley, responsible for the My Lai massacre, in the later 1971 version. This show also included texts of slaughter and mayhem from the Iliad.

This year, Bread & Puppet presents a revival performance of this historic 1971 with members of the original cast from that time. Now, 42 years after the first performance, many of the original performers – Sue Bettman, Mark Dannenhauer, Marc Estrin, and Avram Patt  – take part in the effort. B & P Press Printshop Manager, Lila Winstead, with  community help, re-printed the many costumes and banners from the original masonite cuts.

Birdcatcher in Hell 2013, photo by Massimo Schuster
Birdcatcher in Hell 2013, photo by Massimo Schuster















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