Peter Schumann moved to the United States in 1961 from the Silesia region of Poland. He founded the Bread and Puppet Theater in 1963 on New York's Lower East Side, creating a unique blend of puppetry and political protest. In 1970 the Theater moved to Vermont, first as theater-in-residence at Goddard College, then to Glover, Vermont, where it also started a museum. Bread and Puppet does massive spectacles in the U.S., Europe and Latin America that address social, political, and environmental issues, or simply the common urgencies of our lives. Although no longer in New York, Bread and Puppet's inspiration is visible in the Halloween and the Mermaid Parades, at large political protests, and in the work of Jim Henson and Julie Taymor (The Lion King).
On December 13th, Peter will discuss the history and development of Bread and Puppet, his experience working in Coney Island and New York City, and this year's winter Bread and Puppet performances, The Overtakelessness Circus and The Seditious Conspiracy Theater Presents: A Monument to the Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera, which will take place at Theater for the New City from December 12th - 20th.
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Sunday, 13 December, 2015
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