Internationally acclaimed Bread & Puppet Theater coming to Putney

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PUTNEY >> Vermont's own Bread & Puppet Theater comes to Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, with a brand new giant puppet show "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 hard hat 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. Hard hat 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."

Bread & Puppet Theater is an internationally recognized company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art filled with

music, dance and slapstick. Its shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper maché and cardboard. Founded in 1963 by Peter

Schumann on New York City's Lower East Side, The theater has been based in the North East Kingdom of Vermont since the early 1970s.

This show is appropriate for all ages, but contains some loud noises.

"The Underneath the Above Show #1" performs one day only on Sunday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at Next Stage, Putney.

For more on Bread & Puppet Theater contact Joshua Krugman jrkrugman@gmail.com or go to www.breadandpuppet.org.

Winner of the 2014 ArtPlace America Grant, Next Stage Arts Project has re-opened with a newly-renovated, accessible, state of the art facility. Next Stage is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney's cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage. Since its founding in early 2011, NSAP has hosted hundreds of events including classical, folk, and popular music concerts, films, theater and a spoken word series.

Information about upcoming events, ongoing renovations and more at: www.nextstagearts.org.

Tickets are $15 (no one turned away for lack of funds) available online at nextstagearts.org and at the door.


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