franklanguage (franklanguage) wrote,

Bread and Puppet

So Bread and Puppet Theater is in town for their annual production at the Theater for the New City, and for the second year in a row I'm volunteering in both productions.

Peter Schumann is the director of Bread and Puppet; the troupe is going into its 40th season. Originally based in NYC, the theater was "exiled" (according to Peter) to a farm in Glover, Vermont several years ago, where the artists create, rehearse, and perform.

"Man = Carrot Circus" is the show that happens for Saturday and Sunday matinees; it involves the premise that an upright man rooted in dirt was created in the image of a carrot rooted in dirt. It's the family-themed show that uses local volunteers, including kids from all over.

"Attica" is the play being revived on the 40th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising; "Man of Flesh and Cardboard" is a play about the prisoner Bradley Manning, a prisoner incarcerated for supplying restricted material to WikiLeaks. He is accused of war crimes because he brought war crimes to the light of day.

I took all the pictures in rehearsal because unfortunately you're not allowed to take pictures in performances unless you're press.

[Except for this one, which I snuck: every year at the circus performance, Peter Schumann comes on at the end of the show as a twelve-foot Uncle Sam:]

Tags: drag, nyc, theater, xmas

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