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Bread and Puppet Theater – ‘The Decapitalization Circus’

Man of Flesh and Cardboard

 

Man = Carrot

 

Ulysses

 

Attica

 

The Decapitalization Circus

 

Presented by The Bread and Puppet Theater Company and The Theater for the New City

“THE DECAPITALIZATION CIRCUS demonstrates in numerous death-defying stunts the phantastic effects of the capitalization of life in the U.S. and citizens’ courageous efforts of decapitalization. The performers represent the whole scale of the social spectrum from benign billionairism to despicable homeless anti-social-elementarianism. All the acts are FDA and FBI certified displays of patriotic correctness and defy all imaginable forms of terrorism. The Possibilitarians, a multi-instrumental variety ensemble, provide the appropriate-inappropriate sounds for the circus.” (Theatermania.com)

THE BREAD AND PUPPET THEATRE

The organization – which dates back to 1963 – is one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in this country. It was founded in by the still-active Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side, and took an active role protesting the Vietnam War.

Bread and Puppet is a theater company that uses creativity to draw attention to pertinent social issues. Their shows incorporate live music, homemade art, puppets and original skits The name Bread & Puppet derives from the theater’s practice of sharing its own fresh bread, served for free with aioli, with the audience of each performance as a means of creating community, and from its central principle that art should be as basic to life as bread. Although all Bread and Puppet events have a seriousness of purpose – “a few laughs are always thrown in!”

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY

“TNC is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free festivals.”