Bread and Puppet Theater

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Bread and Puppet Theater


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Bread and Puppet Theater (United States) is a politically radical theatre company founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side, currently based in Glover, Vermont. Besides rod-puppet and hand puppet shows for children, the concerns of the first productions were rents, rats, police, and other neighbourhood problems, also participating in protests and demonstrations against the Vietnam War with giant puppets. More complex theatre pieces followed, in which sculpture, music, dance and language were equal partners. The puppets grew bigger and bigger, and in 1974 Bread and Puppet moved to a farm in Glover. The 140-year old hay barn was transformed into a museum for veteran puppets. Today, Bread and Puppet continues to be one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country.

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“Bread and Puppet Theater,” NTU CCA Singapore Digital Archive, accessed August 18, 2022,