Bread and Puppet Theater Comes to SVAC
Vermont’s own Bread and Puppet Theater returns to Manchester to play in the Arkell Pavilion at the Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC) with a brand-new giant puppet show inspired by the forthcoming elections on Saturday, April 30, for two performances; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
‘The Underneath the Above Show Number One’ 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 a 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! This show is appropriate for all ages, but contains some loud noises. Tickets, $12.50, are available in advance at svac.org. they will be $15 at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Bread and Puppet Theater is an internationally celebrated 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.
A cash bar will be available. SVAC is lcoated at 930 East Manchester Road in Manchester.