During the 60's Bread and Puppet theatre frequently participated in demonstrations against American involvement in Vietnam, using grave over-size puppets of cardboard and cloth and wearing elaborate masks. After the 1970 theatre relocated to Vermont where it continued to perform in fields and circus-like arenas for annual week long spectalces that were widly succesful, drawing up to 40,000 people. The victims of war, hunger and social oppression are told with the expressive puppets, while actors in masks wear stilts, sing, dance and play a variety of instruments.
The doc is inspired by the antics of the theatre itself, including scenes from performances, bread and Puppet graphics, puppeteers working and building props, and the unique Bread and Puppet musical combination of marching band,rumba and sacred harp singing. Neither a straight doc nor an "educational" rendition of theatre history, Ah! is more like a Bread and Puppet film, one that captures the spirit and exxence of this influential theatre group.
Dee Dee Halleck is in person!
Ah! The Hopeful Pageantry of Bread and Puppet
Sunday April 18, 1:00 pm