The activist theater company, Bread and Puppet Theater, returns Sept. 28-30 with two productions: The Complete Everything Everywhere Cabaret and the 2012 edition of the family-friendly The Circus of the Possibilitarians accompanied by the Dire Circumstance Jubilation Ensemble and full of “animals of all kinds.” The company’s work features giant puppets and storytellers with a unique distillation of political issues, reflections on daily life and sheer silliness.
The Complete Everything Everywhere Cabaret (Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. Goodhart Hall, Hepburn Teaching Theater)
This show carries on Bread and Puppet’s new tradition of a compact variety show, featuring small puppet shows, storytelling, world issues, instructions on uprising, a revival of a Bread and Puppet street show from 1965, A Man Says Goodbye to His Mother, and music and noise from the Dire Circumstance Jubilation Ensemble.
The Circus of the Possibilitarians (Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m. Thomas Great Hall Cloister – in case of rain: Goodhart Hall, McPherson Auditorium)
The Circus is a satirical horse and butterfly circus, addressing pertinent national and international issues in a clownish fashion, including rotten ideas, a wild dancing horse and some mellow lions, a solemn salute to the world’s casualties and much more! The Dire Circumstance Jubilation Ensemble provides a little bit of brass and a lot of noise. Please take note that if some of the circus acts are politically puzzling to adults, accompanying children can usually explain them. The Circus is free of charge and no tickets are required.
The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side and is one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country. 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. 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.
Free tickets to all Performing Arts Series events are available for students, faculty, and staff of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore colleges.
For all others:
Tickets to individual events in the Bryn Mawr Performing Arts Series cost $20, $18 for seniors, $10 for students with ID, and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are $10 for Dance Pass holders. Season subscriptions are $75 for seniors, $90 general. Tickets and are available through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210.
About the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series
Since 1984 the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has presented great artists and performances to audiences in the Philadelphia area, creating an environment in which the value of the arts is recognized and celebrated. Talks and workshops provided free to the public help develop arts awareness and literacy. The Series works to lower barriers to arts access through its partnership with Art-Reach, a nonprofit dedicated to improving arts accessibility for people of all ages and circumstances, and through its low ticket prices.
Partnering in recent seasons with such organizations as the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, and the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has presented performances and enriching events by such luminaries and visionaries as Meredith Monk, John Waters, Il Fondamento, the Khmer Arts Ensemble of Cambodia, and Urban Bush Women.