THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, CRYSTAL FIELD
BREAD AND PUPPET
The Persians & Our Domestic Resurrection Circus
Bread & Puppet Theater returns to TNC with Aeschylus’ tragedy The Persians. The show brings together musicians, composers, builders and puppeteers from many eras of Bread & Puppet’s history, and includes giant puppets, flying plastic, Lubberland gesturing, a chorus of screamers, and Johann Sebastian Bach. “When Athens commissioned Aeschylus to write the official celebration piece for the Greeks’ miraculous victory over the vastly superior Persian Empire invasion force they must have expected just that: a glorification of national prowess & skill”, says Peter Schumann. “What they got instead is the opposite: heartrending compassion for the slain enemy, lamentation for the despairing mothers & widows of the slain warriors. Can our own permanently waring military industrial empire learn from this?”
The Persians photo credit Joseph Gresser
Bread & Puppet returns to TNC with Our Domestic Resurrection Circus, a colorful spectacle of protest and celebration. Flag wavers, boxboard clowns, prancing blue horses and Bread & Puppet’s Doing-The-Best-We-Can Brass Band combine to tell the stories of the moment. “For a second year in a row, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Our Domestic Resurrection Circus”, says director Peter Schumann. The show is “in response to our totally unresurrected 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.”
Circus photo credit Gary Patrick Harvey
COVID Protocol and Etiquette:
As of August 17 2021, people 12 and older are required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO.
Proof of vaccination may include the NYC Vaccination Record, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), Excelsior Pass or NYC COVID Safe App.
All patrons must be vaccinated in order to see shows. Please provide proof before purchasing tickets.
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