$15 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Bread & Puppet Theater returns to Next
Stage in Putney, with a new play, Faust 3, a proletarian rumination on
displacement, heaven, and satisfaction in the tradition of Medieval Faust
puppet shows and Goethe’s epic verse drama.
As thematically and formally diverse as
Goethe’s Faust 1 and 2, Bread and Puppet’s Faust 3 draws its public through a
dreamlike succession of scenes depicting various aspects of proletarian
experience in our time: from refugee migration, to the ubiquity of the gun;
from the hunger that accompanies food product diversity, to the daily
experience of factory workers, the rebellion of prisoners, and the adoration of
the sun. “Faust 3” himself is played by a small hand-puppet, darting between
the hopper and the spout of a giant grain mill. A phalanx of black folding
chairs menaces the masses with its resolutions of pity. The arms of a giant
blue embracing puppet fill the stage. Lubberland choral dancers hop, wiggle,
and whistle. And a purple brass band arrives to jitter levity into the feet of
The Bread and Puppet
Practitioners-Of-The-Pursuit-Of-What String Band will welcome the public.
and Puppet director, Peter Schumann, describes Faust 3 as follows:
“After Faust 2’s
contract with the devil came to an end — because the guest had been fulfilled
and satisfaction had been achieved — Faust 2 died. But the demand for more
light which Goethe issued at his own death requires a new model of Faust, an
actor in the history of light, a conspirator who pursues the disordering of the
existing order of life, & sides with the Proletariat’s demand for the
radicalization of leisure. Gargoyles are employed to manage the uneasy masses.
Both devil & angel, disguised as undercover agents, accompany Faust 3’s
journey through the mess of the modern empire all the way to the glorious final
appearance of the Here.”
the performance Bread and Puppet will serve its famous free sourdough rye bread
with aioli, and Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards,
pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press – will be for sale.
& Puppet Theater is an internationally recognized 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 hugepuppets 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.
Advance tickets available at nextstagearts.org