Tour Schedule

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

Bread & Puppet Theater touring

New England & New York

 through May 22nd!

Underneath the Above Show #1 (inspired by the forthcoming elections in the greatest country in the history of the universe) is a new work written and directed by Bread and Puppet founder Peter Schumann. It takes place in a distant, mountainous country much different from ours, where successive unsuccessful cardboard kings reign with fleeting promise over an over-life-size, technicolor cardboard electorate operated by a hardhat workforce prone to coffee breaks, until the eternally-hopeful population installs a jolly old god in the highest office of the land. It’s a hilarious, timely antidote to the election-themed entertainment on TV. And, with its raucous energy and bright palette, it makes a great spring hurrah!


Schumann says that The Underneath the Above Show #1 is “a puppet show contribution to the ongoing U.S. presidential election campaign. In our show the normally slightly overweight three-dimensional electorate is reduced to its proper election year cardboard two-dimensionality. Hardhat workers help to demonstrate the elementary dissatisfaction of this cardboard electorate and its desire for a new king who will promote life, health, home, and general protection from evil.”

 

Underneath the Above Show #1 Performances:

 

Thursday, April 28th, 7 p.m.

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

Taplin Auditorium at Christ Episcopal Church

64 State St. Montpelier, VT

Tickets: $10-$20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/950798301706543/

 

 

Friday, April 29th, 7 p.m.

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

Brace Commons, East Wheelock Residence Cluster, Dartmouth College

13 East Wheelock Rd., Hanover, NH

Free admission.

 

Saturday, April 30th, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

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

Southern Vermont Arts Center

930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive, Manchester, VT

Tickets: $12.50 online; $15 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/260408547631843/

 

Sunday, May 1st, 3 p.m.

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

Heberton Hall of the Keene Public Library

60 Winter St., Keene, NH

Tickets: $10-$20 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/478389475686936/

 

 

Tuesday, May 3rd, 7 p.m.

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

Ashfield Community Hall

521 Main St., Ashfield, MA

Tickets: $10-$20 sliding scale.

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1021942544520093/

Venue website: http://ashfield.org/about/community-groups/ashfield-community-hall.html

 

Wednesday, May 4th, 7 p.m.

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

The Arts Block, 4th floor

289 Main St., Greenfield, MA

Tickets: $10-$25 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds. Limited seating: advance tickets available here: http://www.theartsblock.com/calendar/all-events?task=view_event&event_id=744&Itemid=212

Event link coming soon.

 

Thursday, May 5th, 7:00 pm

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

Hartsbrook Waldorf School, Piening Hall

193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA

Tickets: $10 – $25 suggested. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Friday, May 6th, 7 p.m.

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

Oldcastle Theatre

331 Main St., Old Bennington, VT

Tickets: $20 adults, $10 students.

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/101763303564853/

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

 

Saturday, May 7th, 2 p.m.

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

Wake Up The Earth Festival

Southwest Corridor Park, Jamaica Plain, MA

Suggested donation: $10. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Venue website: www.spontaneouscelebrations.org

 

Saturday, May 7th, 8 p.m.

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

Arlington Center for the Arts, Gibbs Theater

41 Foster St., Arlington, MA

Tickets: $10-$30 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1032045846862238/

Venue website: www.acarts.org

 

Sunday, May 8th, 7 p.m.

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

Next Stage

15 Kimball Hill Rd., Putney, VT

Tickets: $15, available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2536349. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Event link: TBA

Venue page: http://nextstagearts.org/event/bread-puppet-theater-at-next-stage/?instance_id=19673

 

Tuesday, May 10th, 7 p.m.

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

Gateway City Arts

92 Race St., Holyoke, MA

Tickets: $15-$25 sliding scale. Limited seating, selling out fast, advance tickets available here: http://www.gatewaycityarts.com/#!bread-and-puppet-theater/zaouk

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/707742096033921/

 

Wednesday, May 11th, 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

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

Addison Northeast Fine Arts Festival

Mount Abraham Union High School

220 Airport Drive, Bristol, VT

Free admission.

Event link:

 

Thursday, May 12th, 6 p.m.

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

Mettabee Farm Barn

551 Harlemville Rd., Hillsdale, NY

Tickets: $10-$15 suggested. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Event link:

Venue site: www.mettabeefarm.com

 

Friday, May 13th, 7:30 p.m.

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

Time and Space Limited

434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY

Tickets: $12.50 general; $10 members; $7 children. Available here: http://timeandspace.org/calendar/bread-puppet-theater-%E2%80%A2-the-underneath-the-above-show-1/

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/465949793601195/

 

Saturday, May 14th, 8 p.m.

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

Threefold Auditorium at the Threefold Educational Center

260 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY

Tickets: $6-$30 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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

 

Sunday, May 15th, 8 p.m.

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

Theater for the New City

155 1st Avenue (between 9th & 10th Streets)

Tickets: $18 presale online here: http://www.theaterforthenewcity.net/

$12-$35 sliding scale at the door.

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1560354840928847/

 

Tuesday, May 17th, 7 p.m.

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

First Congregational Church

2 Ferry Rd., Old Lyme, CT

Free admission

 

Wednesday, May 18th, 7 p.m.

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

TBA

 

Thursday, May 19th, 5:30 p.m. (Bread and Puppet Brass Band and Fiddlehead Pickle Fiddle Band at 5 p.m.)

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

The Dragon’s Egg of Mystic Paper Beasts

401 Shewville Rd., Ledyard CT

$10 suggested donation

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/250751771940027/

 

Friday, May 20th, 6:30 p.m.

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

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill

10 Meetinghouse Rd., Castle Hill

Tickets: $15; $10 students.

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/223698907990989/

Venue site: http://www.castlehill.org/events-1/#all-events

 

Saturday, May 21st, 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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

AS220 Mainstage

115 Empire St., Providence, RI

Tickets: $10, available here: http://breadandpuppetas220mainstage.brownpapertickets.com/

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/225681957795523/

Venue site: www.as220.org

 

Sunday, May 22nd, 3 p.m.

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

3S Artspace

319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth, NH

Tickets: $20; $10 14 and under. Available here: http://www.3sarts.org/performances/performance/Bread-and-Puppet-Theater:-The-Underneath-the-Above-Show-1?performanceid=1611

 

 

MORE INFO COMING SOON!

Skeleton Accordion PACO

PACO Rhino

 

 

  

DESCRIPTIONS OF TOURING PRODUCTIONS:
Fire 

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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.

 

Oscar SHow

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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.

UnderneaththeAboveSHow

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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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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.

 

 

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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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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.”

 Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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