A very special awesome amazing traveling puppet show is coming to the Claymont’s Great Barn in Jefferson County, WV on Wednesday September 19th. (Show time 6:30 PM). It’s the Bread and Puppet Theater! Suggested donation $10-$25, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. We’re not talking about little hand puppets. No sir. These puppets are huge and magical. We are very luck to have this beloved troupe visit into our area for the night between shows in Cleveland and Philadelphia.
The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus is a large-scale puppet spectacle that explains and teaches riot and rebellion against intolerable situations with the help of state of the art paper-maché weaponry and the appropriately riotous Bread and Puppet Brass Band.
B&P director, Peter Schumann, says of The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus: “Tigers roar, apes drum their chests, horses neigh, and celestial grasshoppers teach ICE agents the basics steps of grasshopper rebellion dancing. A paradise investigation team analyses the earthlings’ relationship to paradise, while major representatives of Mother Earth attend a festive Puerto Rican dance of liberation from natural and political disaster.”
After 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.
Bread and Puppet comes to West Virginia as part of a rare 14 week tour across the continent and back with The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus and two other programs.
About Bread and Puppet: Bread & Puppet Theater is an internationally celebrated 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 huge puppets 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.
Their puppets are enormous and evocative. The museum up in Vermont is one of a kind.
Watch these videos and you will get an idea of what you are in for!