December 6 – December 17
DEC 6 - DEC 17; WED, THU, FRI, SAT @ 8 PM, SAT & SUN @ 3 PM

Executive Director, Crystal Field



The Idiots of the World Unite Against the Idiot System Circus and The Mother Dirt Mass

December 6 – 17, 2023
Tickets $18, Students, Seniors, Children $15

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th Street)

The Idiots of the World Unite Against the Idiot System Circus
RUN TIME: 1 hour

  • Wednesday, December 6 @ 8pm
  • Thursday, December 7 @ 8pm
  • Friday, December 8 @ 8pm
  • Saturday, December 9 @ 3pm & 8pm
  • Sunday, December 10 @ 3pm

The circus is coming! The circus is coming! Bread and Puppet presents The Idiots of the World Unite Against the Idiot System Circus, a brand new show in the tradition of the iconic Bread & Puppet Circuses that began at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont in 1970.  As usual, the show will draw on traditional circus tropes and familiar Bread and Puppet iconography to draw attention to the urgent issues of the day. Stilt dancers, paper maché beasts of all sizes and a riotous brass band make a raucous, colorful spectacle of protest and celebration.

The show, says Schumann,  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.”


The Mother Dirt Mass
RUN TIME: 1 hour

  • Thursday, December 14 @ 8pm
  • Friday, December 15 @ 8pm
  • Saturday, December 16 @ 3pm & 8pm
  • Sunday, December 17 @ 3pm

Mother Dirt makes us and unmakes us ordinarily and extraordinarily, nourishes and nourishes us, and exposes us to her opposite: the idiot system of war waging human history, pretending to protect us from disaster and providing us with continuous disasters, if not here, there, if not there, somewhere else, uninterruptedly and tremendously, un-persecuted by international law, protected by national exceptionalism, paid for by taxpayer money, originally meant to fix the potholes in car roads, in actuality enlarging the forever biggest pothole: the abyss our all-together abyss – unless, unless we the idiots unite against the idiot system.


COVID Protocol:
As of September 26th, 2022, we are no longer requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for our audience upon entry.
Wearing of masks is suggested in the lobby, restrooms and performance spaces at Theater for the New City, but they are not required.