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Bread & Puppet Theater returns to the Cyclorama -- in late January 2015
Bread & Puppet Theater residency includes “Captain Boycott," along with “The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus” and a visual art installation created by the theater's artistic director Peter Schumann.
[recommended for 12 & up]
The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus
[recommended for everyone]
January 24 thru February 1, 2015
in the Cyclorama
"Captain Boycott ... wastes no time getting to the point." (The Indypendent, NYC, December 2014)
Bread & Puppet Theater in the Cyclorama. Residency includes “Captain Boycott”[recommended for ages 12 & up], along with “The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus”[recommended for everyone] and a visual art installation created by the theater's artistic director Peter Schumann. Performances and exhibit run January 24 through February 1, 2015. Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA), 539 Tremont St., South End, Boston, MA 02116 [conveniently located near the MBTA Orange Line & bus connections]
In keeping with their long standing tradition of "sublime arsekicking puppetry," the award-winning Vermont-based Bread & Puppet Theater, featuring Artistic Director Peter Schumann and his troupe of puppeteers, returns to the Cyclorama at the BCA, bringing their signature powerful imagery, masked characters, and giant papier-mâché
All the visuals are created by Schumann, including sculpting and painting of all the major masks and puppets, with input from the company. Although all Bread & Puppet events have a seriousness of purpose — a few laughs are always thrown in!
“Bread & Puppet's performance piece .... easily one of its darkest and most gauntly beautiful ... a stark excursion into the melancholic and downright disconcerting."
Detailed listings information:
Evening Performances [recommended for ages 12 & up]:
Bread & Puppet Theater: “Captain Boycott”
January 28-February 1, Wed.-Sun., 7:00 pm
General admission $18, $13 students/seniors, $10 for kids 11 & under (although not recommended for this age group)
Running time: approximately 1.5 hours with a brief intermission.
Description of "Captain Boycott":
A puppet show in 3 chapters, the first 2 chapters create the context for the uprising that is the central theme for the 3rd chapter:
Chapter 1) A Thing Done In A Seeing Place (a modern Antigone);
Chapter 2) The Horizontalists (about the anti-historic philosophy of horizontalism, which casts light on historic events);
Chapter 3) Captain Boycott (Boycott's victory over the Captain who bears that name and who in 1880 was pulled off his high horse by his own peasants and had his name removed from his self and fitted to thousands of rebellions and protests. The issue is the endless reoccurrences of captainly oppression, whether military or economic. The title of the backdrop of this chapter, "Men And Women With Sticks," refers to the 15th and 16th century precedents to Captain Boycott: the peasants revolt in the Black Forest and the Upper Rhine Valleys).
The play is performed in collaboration with a large group of local volunteers. After each performance, the audience is invited to eat home-made sourdough rye bread spread with aioli, and to peruse the Cheap Art posters and banners for sale.
Bread & Puppet Theater: “The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus”
January 24-25, Sat. at 3:00 pm, Sun. at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm
General admission $18, $13 students/seniors, $10 for kids 11 & under (kids 2 & under free)
Running time: approximately 1 hour w/o intermission.
Description of "The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus":
The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus is for the not yet existing upriser masses and their kids who need to practice their upriser skills by teaming up with butterflies, cockroaches and elephants. Lions, horses and dogs are also employed to invent the correct rhythmical patterns that fight planetary destruction. The boot flags of the 15th century peasant revolution lead the way, with a lively brass band. Bread & Puppet's "Circus" acts can often be politically puzzling to adults, but accompanying kids can usually explain them:
"Schumann’s subversive message of the need to resist becomes abundantly clear, first when he offers a short history lesson on the meaning of the word “boycott,”
The show is performed in collaboration with a large group of local volunteers. After each performance, the audience is welcome to inspect masks and puppets and to peruse the Cheap Art posters and banners for sale.
Visual Art Exhibit:
Bread and Puppet Theater: visual art installation created by Peter Schumann.
Jan. 27-Feb. 1, Tues.-Sun.
Free and open to all.
—Tues.-Fri., Jan. 27-30: regular Cyclorama hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm [Thursday & Friday hours extended up to and after the evening performances]
—Sat. & Sun., Jan. 31 & Feb. 1: one hour before and after each evening performance.
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