UMF Emery Community Arts Center to host the Bread & Puppet Theater

Bread and puppet theater Photo by Mark Dannenhauer

FARMINGTON — The Emery Community Arts Center plans to host the Bread & Puppet Theater at the University of Maine on the Farmington campus to present its new play, “Our Domestic Resurrection Circus: Apocalypse Defiance,” at 8 p.m. on Friday 9 September, in the center on the main street. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

A classic returns with Bread and Puppet Theater’s “Our Domestic Resurrection Circus: Apocalypse Defiance” to tackle the stories and pressing issues of the day. “This joyful spectacle of protest and celebration includes flag waving, cardboard clowns, prancing blue horses and the Bread & Puppet Doing-The-Best-We-Can marching band. The show is a response to our totally unresurrected capitalist situation, not only to the hundreds of thousands of needlessly sacrificed victims of the pandemic, but also to our culture’s reluctance to acknowledge Mother Earth’s revolt against our civilization. Since we earthlings do not live up to our obligations as earthlings, we need resurrection circuses to cry out against our own stupidity,” director Peter Schumann said, according to a UMF press release.

The Bread & Puppet Theater is an internationally acclaimed company that champions a visually rich brand of performance art street theater filled with music, dance and slapstick. Believing that theater is a basic necessity like bread, the company frequently takes its work to the streets for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to go to the theater. His shows are political and spectacular, with puppets often on stilts, wearing huge masks with expressive faces, singing, dancing and playing music.

Bread & Puppet are recognized worldwide and have distinguished themselves at festivals in Italy, Poland, Colombia and Yugoslavia, beginning with their outstanding performances at the 1968 Nancy Festival in France. Notable awards include the Erasmus Prize from Amsterdam, 4 Obies, the President’s Award from the Puppeteers of America, and the Governor’s Award from Vermont. Bread and Puppet tours regularly in Europe, Canada and the United States and recently visited El Salvador, Haiti, Russia and Korea.

After each show, Bread & Puppet will serve its famous sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread & Puppet’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards, flyers and banners from the Bread & Puppet Press – will be for sale.

General admission is a suggested donation of $10-$25, with no one turned away for lack of funds; student admission is free. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 7 p.m. on the night of the performance.

To reserve tickets, contact Lisa Gallant at [email protected] or 207-778-7199.

For more information, contact Ann Bartges, Director of the UMF Emery Community Arts Center at [email protected] or 207-778-7461.

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