Theater for the New City presents:

Diagonal Life Circus

By Peter Schumann and Bread & Puppet Circus Company
Directed by Peter Schumann
December 12 – December 15
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sat & Sun Matinee at 3:00 PM

Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director, Presents:

Diagonal Life Circus

“Reality is either horizontal or vertical or both,” says B&P Director, Peter Schumann. “The horizontal produces us, and eventually takes us back into its giant arms’ embrace. The vertical is the exceptional human predicament, the up- and forward-striding ambition that makes history and warfare. The diagonal results from the hurts that the vertical suffers in the process. It is our common human fate, the hard-to-sustain-in-between life, neither up nor down that needs to muster all its strength to lift itself up and the courage to invent tricks that keep it from falling. And this trickery deserves a circus, to celebrate the inventiveness of the struggling body and mind in the fight against falling, as well as a victory feast for the successful lifting itself up.”

As always, the Circus will feature the riotous Bread and Puppet Brass Band, stilters, flags, and the whole roaring, squawking, whinnying paper maché menagerie, attempting to speak to the urgent heart of the moment.


Joshua Krugman, Ian McFarlane, Luis Sanabria, Amelia Castillo, Elle Love, Ron Kelly, Tyson Houseman, Talia Gorelick, Torri Ashford, Joseph Therrien, Daniel McNamara

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