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Announcement :: Media
Bread & Puppet is Here!!!
06 Nov 2004
The most wonderful participatory artistic experience in the entire universe beckons you.
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Announcement :: Media
Bread&Puppet is HERE!!!
by Jamadagni Das
Email: visnusdream (nospam) juno.com (unverified!) 06 Nov 2004
The most wonderful participatory artistic experience in the entire universe beckons you.

BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER'S
FIRST WORLD INSURRECTION
IN CAMBRIDGE

A POST-ELECTION RUCKUS PLAYED OUT FROM NOVEMBER 4-21

(Cambridge, MA) The Bread and Puppet Theater presents the First World
Insurrection, a post-election ruckus played out in Cambridge, November
4-21. Performances and Symposium held at the Cambridge Family YMCA
Theatre / Durrell Hall, 820 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, and
Art Exhibit installed at the Marran Gallery, Lesley University, Main
Quad on Mellen St. (off Mass. Ave.), between Harvard and Porter Squares.
Both venues are wheelchair accessible. For advance tickets, on sale from
October 18th on, and information on all events call the Cambridge Family
YMCA (www.cambymca.org) at 617-661-9622, extension 706.

The Bread and Puppet Theater returns to Cambridge in the nick of time.
The presidential race will have an outcome; but regardless of the winner
and loser, public clamor will continue to bellow for the First World to
rise up against itself, its imperialism and its unsustainability.

Artistic Director Peter Schumann and his band of eight Vermont
puppeteers will join forces with 20 local puppeteers and the
Cambridge-based Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band.
Their residency in Cambridge includes three puppet shows (a double-bill
geared towards adults and one "family-friendly" show), a "Now
What"
political art symposium, and an exhibit showcasing Schumann's visual
artwork. Each of these opportunities will include the traditional
serving of Schumann's famous sourdough rye bread (baked in a temporary
outdoor oven in the YMCA parking lot), drizzled with garlic-laden aioli,
and the sale of the theater's "cheap art." In November, the city of
Cambridge will indeed be the stage upon which much artistic discontent
is set - with a few laughs thrown in!

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First World Insurrection details are as follows:

Double Bill of Evening Shows:
WORLD ON FIRE
and
HOW TO TURN DISTRESS INTO SUCCESS: a Parable of War and Its Making
November 4-14, Thurs.-Sun., 8 pm (first week); Wed.-Sun., 8 pm (second
week) $10 general admission for both shows [groups of 10 or more $8];
held at the Cambridge Family YMCA

Family-Friendly Matinees:
UPSIDE DOWN WORLD CIRCUS
November 6-14, Sat.-Sun., 3 pm
$10 / $5 students and seniors / children 2 and under free; held at the
Cambridge Family YMCA

Political Art Symposium:
NOW WHAT?
2D ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON SUBVERSIVE PAPIER-MACHE & OTHER TOOLS FOR
CREATIVE DISSENT
Monday, November 8, 7 pm
including panelists Peter Schumann (Director, Bread and Puppet Theater),
Gip Hoppe (Co-Artistic Director, WHAT),
Reverend Billy (performance artist) and Reno (performance artist)
moderated by Dr. John Bell
(Puppet Historian, Emerson College professor and author of Puppets,
Masks and Performing Objects)
suggested donation $5; held at the Cambridge Family YMCA

Peter Schumann's Visual Art Installation:
THE U.S. SENATE READS AN EMAIL BY THE LATE RACHEL CORRIE TO HER PARENTS
November 9-21, gallery hours, 9 am-8 pm daily; opening reception and
artist's talk, Tuesday, November 9, 4-7 pm
free and open to all; held at the Marran Gallery, Lesley University
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**** *****************

Featuring the Bread and Puppet Theater's signature masked characters and
giant papier-mache puppets, the individual shows and art exhibit are
described below. [Take note that the title for the political art
symposium speaks for itself.]
WORLD ON FIRE
A group of National Emergency Clowns demonstrates official reactions to
the ultimate emergency. The music is by the Asymmetric Prisoner-of-War
Orchestra, consisting of local volunteer performers, and their conductor
, the Fire Chief.
HOW TO TURN DISTRESS INTO SUCCESS: a Parable of War and Its Making
With the help of the National More-More-More Society, the Student of
Success is taught a lesson: how the transformation of distress into
success transforms success. The Population is a child in the arms of
Truth. But Truth gets employed by the Executive to ready the Population
for war. War is learned in a butcher's shop. The dance of the Collateral
Damage Dancers concludes the lesson. The puppets are from cardboard; the
music is live and includes an ancient Georgian chant.
UPSIDE DOWN WORLD CIRCUS
The circus features upside-down figures, a group of First World
representatives trained by a lion, Thomas Jefferson and his patriotic
cheerleaders, Gerrard Winstanley and his band of Diggers, the Rotten
Idea Theater Company's distillation of political issues and much more,
all accompanied by the B&P Circus Band. Political fun for the whole
family! THE U.S. SENATE READS AN EMAIL BY THE LATE RACHEL CORRIE TO HER
PARENTS Peter Schumann dedicates this installation to Rachel Corrie who
died at the age of 23 in Palestine in 2003 as she tried to stop a
bulldozer from destroying a Palestinian home. Her email is dated
February 27, 2003.

(Background of the theater) The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in
1963 on New York City's Lower Eastside by 70-year old Silesian-born
sculptor and choreographer, Peter Schumann. In 1969 a nine-month tour of
Europe won recognition and critical acclaim for Bread and Puppet. In
1970, the Theater moved to Vermont as theater-in-residence at Goddard
College, letting itself be influenced by living in the countryside. Four
years later the Theater moved to a farm in Glover in the Northeast
Kingdom of Vermont, where a 100-year-old hay barn was transformed into a
museum for veteran puppets. Bread and Puppet Theater does massive
spectacles in the U.S., Europe and Latin America. Their pageants have a
broad theme-oriented appeal to large non-elite audiences. They address
social, political and environmental issues or simply the common
urgencies of our lives. Some of the awards received by Peter Schumann
and Bread and Puppet are the Obie Award, the Erasmus Award from
Amsterdam, the Vermont Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts,
UNIMA-USA's Citation of Excellence and the Puppeteers of America
President's Award. Bread and Puppet is one of the oldest non-profit,
self-supporting theater companies in the United States.
For more information on the Bread and Puppet Theater:
http://www.breadandpuppet.org/,
http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/features/bread_puppet/bibliography.html and
http://www.chelseagreen.com/2004/items/rehearsingwithgods/Preface.
For more information on John Bell's Puppets, Masks and Performing
Objects:
http://www-mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?sid=784AF1B0-3864-4-
824C-8947CCC171B&ttype=2&tid=4192
For an example on Peter Schumann's outdoor bread-baking technique (press
on arrow to view photos):

http://www.wildhack.com/bedrosian/temp/bp/bread.html

Who:
The Bread and Puppet Theater
What:
First World Insurrection
When:
A post-election ruckus played out in Cambridge, November 4-21. Events
include:
World On Fire and How To Turn Distress Into Success: a Parable of War
and Its Making (a double bill), November 4-14, Thurs.-Sun., 8 pm (first
week); Wed.-Sun., 8 pm (second week)
Upside Down World Circus (family-friendly), November 6-14, Sat.-Sun., 3
pm Now What?: the 2d Annual Symposium On Subversive Papier-Mache And
Other Tools For Creative Dissent, Monday, November 8, 7 pm
The U.S. Senate Reads An Email By The Late Rachel Corrie To Her Parents,
November 9-21, gallery hours, 9 am-8 pm daily; opening reception and
artist's talk, Tuesday, November 9, 4-7 pm
Where:
Performances and Symposium held at the Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre /
Durrell Hall, 820 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square.
Art Exhibit installed at the Marran Gallery, Lesley University, Main
Quad on Mellen St. (off Mass. Ave.), between Harvard and Porter Squares.
Both venues are wheelchair accessible.
Tickets:
World On Fire and How To Turn Distress Into Success (double bill), $10
general admission for both shows [groups of 10 or more $8]
Circus, $10 / $5 students and seniors / children 2 and under free
Symposium, suggested donation $5
The Late Rachel Corrie art exhibit, free
For advance tickets, on sale from October 18th on, and information on
all events:
Call the Cambridge Family YMCA (www.cambymca.org) at 617-661-9622,
extension 706

###END###

--submitted by marycurtinproductions for the Bread and Puppet Theater
[please note change of email to marycurtin (at) comcast.net]
c/o Mary Curtin
PO Box 290703, Charlestown, MA 02129
#617-241-9664, #617-470-5867 (cell), marycurtin (at) comcast.net
"dedicated to staging insightful entertainment, particularly in
non-traditional venues"
http://www.marycurtinproductions.com

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Re: Bread & Puppet is Here!!!
07 Nov 2004
B&P theatre rocks !! Won't they come to Chicago soon?
Re: Bread & Puppet is Here!!!
07 Nov 2004
and nyc? or western mass?
can you post a schedual?
cause we love you?