Sunday, November 15 at 3:00 pm
With the presidential primary races in full swing, the world-renowned Bread and Puppet Theater returns to Barre’s historic Old Labor Hall with its latest topical play, “Underneath the Above Show No. 1”.
The serio-comic three act show, performed by a team of hardhat workers who manipulate life-size cardboard puppets, dramatizes three regime changes in a distant mountainous country. These changes are presented in stark contrast to the ongoing U.S. presidential campaign.
The play also includes two explanatory cantastoria, stories told or sung as the performer gestures to a series of images.
In true Bread and Puppet fashion, the show may contain one or all of these elements (or something else altogether:
1) 5 or 6 generic truth-relationship dances
2) A public-opinion-manufacture event
3) A collateral damage dance with naked papier-mâché population
4) A traditional broom dance
5) Sermon to the cockroaches with live music
The show is appropriate for all ages, but may be difficult for younger children.
Admission: $12, children 6-11 years old $5, under 6 free. Tickets available online or at the door.
Bread & Puppet’s Cheap Art will be available for your perusal and purchase for holiday giving.
For more information email email@example.com or call (802) 479–5600 or (802) 331-0013.
Based in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Bread & Puppet is now in its 53rd year of touring and performing around the world. Using a wide variety of puppetry and mask techniques, the theater troupe attempts to address the social, political, and environmental urgencies that affect all of our lives. Peter Schumann and The Bread and Puppet Theater have received the Obie Award, the Erasmus Award from Amsterdam, The Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the President’s Award of the Puppeteers of America.
To learn more about Bread and Puppet, watch this 50th anniversary interview with founder and director Peter Schumann on Democracy Now!: