Bread and Puppet Theater coming to Next Stage
Vermont's own Bread & Puppet Theater comes to Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, for one day only - Sunday, May 8 at 7 p.m. - with a brand new giant puppet show inspired by the forthcoming elections in the greatest country in the history of the universe. Tickets are $15 (no one turned away for lack of funds) available online at nextstagearts.org and at the door.
"The Underneath the Above Show #1 (inspired by the forthcoming elections in the greatest country in the history of the universe)" is a new work written and directed by Bread and Puppet founder Peter Schumann. It takes place in a distant, mountainous country much different from ours, where successive unsuccessful cardboard kings reign with fleeting promise over an over-life-size, technicolor cardboard electorate operated by a hardhat workforce prone to coffee breaks, until the eternally-hopeful population installs a jolly old god in the highest office of the land. It's a hilarious, timely antidote to the election-themed entertainment on TV. And, with its raucous energy and bright palette, it makes a great spring hurrah!
Schumann says that The Underneath the Above Show #1 is "a puppet show contribution to the ongoing U.S. presidential election campaign. In our show the normally slightly overweight three-dimensional electorate is reduced to its proper election year cardboard two-dimensionality. Hardhat workers help to demonstrate the elementary dissatisfaction of this cardboard electorate and its desire for a new king who will promote life, health, home, and general protection from evil."
This show is appropriate for all ages, but contains some loud noises.
Information about upcoming events, ongoing renovations and more at: www.nextstagearts.org.