Tour Schedule

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

 

Bread & Puppet will be Artists-in-Residence at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in February!

 

Thursday, February 11th, 5:30-7:00pm 

Peter Schumann Fiddle Sermon and Reception, 

Pozen, North Hall, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

14 Tetlow Street, Boston, MA  02115

 

Admission free, RSVP and donations appreciated. Please RSVP here: http://www.BP-MassArt-FiddleSermon.eventbrite.com

 

Saturday & Sunday, February 13th & 14th, 3:00pm


The Overtakelessness Circus

Tower Auditorium, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

 

Questions? Contact breadandpuppet@massart.edu or Elena: (617) 879-7527

Admission free; RSVP and donations appreciated.  Please RSVP here: http://www.BP-MassArt-Circus.eventbrite.com

 

Wednesday through Saturday, February 17th-20th: 7:30pm; Sunday, February 21st: 3:00pm


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

Tower Auditorium, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA  02115

 

Questions? Contact breadandpuppet@massart.edu or Elena: (617) 879-7527

Admission free; RSVP and donations appreciated.  Please RSVP here: http://www.BP-MassArt-OscarShow.eventbrite.com

 

Boston volunteers interested in performing in either or both shows please email Linda Elbow at breadpuppetlinda@gmail.com. Circus rehearsals: Friday, February 12th, 6:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, February 13th & 14th: adults 10 am and kids 12:00pm. Seditious Conspiracy rehearsals: Monday & Tuesday, February 15th & 16th, 6:00 – 10:00pm; Pre-performance volunteer call: Wednesday – Saturday, February 17-20th, 5:00pm and Sunday, February 21st, 12:30pm.

 

 

Art Exhibit:
Friday, February 12 – Sunday February 21 
7am-7pm

North East Kingdom Weapons and Tools for Decapitalization

political art installation created by Peter Schumann

Hours: 7am-7pm, and after all performances

Tower Auditorium Lobby, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA  02115

 

 

 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

North East Kingdom Weapons and Tools for Decapitalization at Castleton College, Castelton, VT. Details here soon. 

 

 

  

DESCRIPTIONS OF TOURING PRODUCTIONS:

 

Fire

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.”

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

OvertakelessnessCircus photo:F_300dpisharper_byEVanWinkle

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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

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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: http://vimeo.com/75177278.

Shatterer of Worlds, photo by Mark Dannenhauer

Shatterer of Worlds, photo by Mark Dannenhauer

 

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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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