Bread and Puppet Theater stages ‘resurrection circuses to yell against our own stupidity’

Sat, 09/10/2022 - 6:00pm

    Bread and Puppet Theater made a stop in Belfast Sept. 8, staging on the waterfront the production Our Domestic Resurrection Circus: Apocalypse Defiance. The play is now on tour — Belfast then to several other Maine towns, to Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado, Utah, and Oregon.

    Fifty-two years ago Bread and Puppet Theater performed Our Domestic Resurrection Circus for the first time at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Since then, the title has served as the basis of annual spectacles of satire and celebration. 

    Bread and Puppet stages 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 may not otherwise go to the theater, the group said, at its website. The troupe travels internationally, and regularly tours Europe, Canada, and the United States and has recently visited El Salvador, Haiti, Russia, and Korea.

    The show, “in response to our totally un-resurrected capitalist situation, not only the hundreds of thousands of unnecessarily sacrificed pandemic victims but our culture’s unwillingness to recognize Mother Earth’s revolt against our civilization. Since we earthlings do not live up to our earthling obligations, we need resurrection circuses to yell against our own stupidity,” according to said founder and director Peter Schumann.