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Boston College hosts "Fifty Years Bread and Puppet: Cheap Art and Political Theater"
The Boston College Theatre Department is proud to announce a one-day symposium with performance in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary year of the Bread and Puppet Theater, the foremost populist, political theater in the United States.
"Fifty Years Bread and Puppet: Cheap Art and Political Theater" is being organized by Scott T. Cummings, Chair of the Boston College Theatre Department, and Dr. John Bell, eminent puppet theatre scholar and Director of the Ballard Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut.The symposium serves as a continuation and capstone for the residency of John Bell as Boston College's 2012-2013 J. Donald Monan, S.J. Professor of Theatre Arts. During BC's "Year of the Puppet," Bell taught two courses in puppet and object theatre, curated an evening of contemporary puppet and object theatre performance, and directed an original shadow puppet play as part of "New Voices 2013," an evening of original theatre by Boston College student artists.
For more information go to www.bc.edu/theatre.
The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded by Peter Schumann in 1963 on New York City's Lower East Side as a political theater focused on the problems of the neighborhood.
Events for the daytime symposium will include scholarly presentations by theatre historians and researchers from Northwestern University, Reed College, Harvard, Goddard College, Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and other institutions.
A detailed run-down and description of the day’s events can be found at www.bc.edu/BP50. Advanced registration through this site is required for the symposium and the 7:00 pm performance by Bread and Puppet of The 50 Years Cabaret, four short plays drawn from different periods of the company's history. The program includes Dead Man Rises, President & Chair, History of Humanity, and A Man Says Goodbye To His Mother and will be followed by a public interview of Peter Schumann by John Bell and an informal reception. Registration for the full day's events is $25. Online registration is open as of Monday, August 5, 2013 at www.bc.edu/BP50.
Seating for the evening performance is very limited and only registrants for the day's events will be guaranteed a seat. Remaining tickets will be made available to Boston College students and then the general public on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information and/or to register, go to www.bc.edu/BP50 or contact the Boston College Theatre Department at 617.552.4012.
FIFTY YEARS BREAD AND PUPPET: CHEAP ART AND POLITCAL THEATER
A Symposium with Performance
Featuring Peter Schumann and the Bread and Puppet Theater
Sat. 14 Sept, 9am (symposium) and 7pm (performance)
Robsham Theater Arts Center
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467