Bread & Puppet Press

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  • We Grass        Peter Schumann        Books / Small Books        $5.00
  • Alone We Are Weak Together We Are Strong        R.T. Simon (Peter Schumann)        Books / Small Books        $2.00
  • O Calf        R.T. Simon (Peter Schumann)        Books / Small Books        $2.00
  • Mother Sourdough        Peter Schumann        Books / Small Books        $5.00
  • Hallelujah        Bread and Puppet and Peter Schumann        Books / Prints        $10.00
  • Jinglebook No. 40: Holy Nobody Song 2        Peter Schumann        Books        $2.00
  • Jinglebook No. 47: Puppet Museum        Peter Schumann        Books        $2.00
  • 2014 Bread & Puppet Calendar        Peter Schumann                $15.00
  • How to Be a Tiger        Peter Schumann        Books        $1.00
  • Kasper 16 : Komix and Tragix        Peter Schumann        Books        $5.00
  • This Is        Peter Schumann        Books        $15.00
  • That Simple Light / Lovers & Moon Poster        Peter Schumann        Posters        $10.00
  • Gates of Hell        R.T. Simon (Peter Schumann)        Books / Small Books        $2.00
  • Jinglebook No. 4: Uninvented Progression of Man's Goodness as Seen From Below        Peter Schumann        Books        $2.00
  • Jinglebook No. 7: 4 Frollicking Unessentialists        Peter Schumann        Books        $2.00
  • Jinglebook No. 14: Couldbes        Peter Schumann        Books        $2.00
  • Jinglebook No. 15: Automanipulation of Distressed Overmerchandise        Peter Schumann        Books        $2.00
  • Jinglebook No. 37: Naked Cop        Peter Schumann        Books        $2.00
  • Jinglebook No. 41: Holy Nobody Song 3        Peter Schumann        Books        $2.00
  • Cheap Art Manifesto        Peter Schumann        Posters        $2.00
  • How to Destroy B        Peter Schumann        Books        $1.00
  • How to Read        Peter Schumann        Books        $1.00
  • Resistance...Technology Poster        Peter Schumann        Posters        $20.00
  • Planet Kasper, Volume One        Peter Schumann        Books / Artists' Books        $15.00
  • St. Francis Preaches to the Birds        Peter Schumann        Books        $35.00

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“We believe in puppet theater as a wholesome and powerful language that can touch men and women and children alike, and we hope that our plays are true and are saying what has to be said, and that they add to your enjoyment and enlightment.”

Peter Schumann

The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side. Besides rod-puppet and hand puppet shows for children, the concerns of the first productions were rents, rats, police, and other problems of the neighborhood. More complex theater pieces followed, in which sculpture, music, dance and language were equal partners. The puppets grew bigger and bigger. Annual presentations for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and Memorial Day often included children and adults from the community as participants. Many performances were done in the street. During the Vietnam War, Bread and puppet staged block-long processions and pageants involving hundreds of people.

In 1974 Bread and Puppet moved to a farm in Glover in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The 140-year old hay barn was transformed into a museum for veteran puppets. Our Domestic Resurrection Circus, a two day outdoor festival of puppetry shows, was presented annually through 1998.

The company makes its income from touring new and old productions both on the American continent and abroad, and from sales of Bread and Puppet Press’ posters and publications. The traveling puppet shows range from tightly composed theater pieces presented by members of the company, to extensive outdoor pageants which require the participation of many volunteers.

Today, Bread and Puppet continues to be one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country.

An Interview with Bread and Puppet founder Peter Schumann, on the process of putting together “Gates of Hell”, a pageant performed twice at then end of August 1998.

Documentation of “Birdcatcher in Hell”, performed in the early 1970’s

Last updated 2/10/2014
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