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The Fisher Center Presents Bread and Puppet Theater (FREE)

The Fisher Center Presents Bread and Puppet Theater (FREE)


The Fisher Center X Bread and Puppet Theater


Montgomery Place Estate
26 Gardener Way, River Rd, Red Hook, NY


Saturday, September 9, 2023 - 4:00pm



The Fisher Center X Bread and Puppet Theater

[20th Anniversary Season: Breaking Ground Fall 2023 Programming]

The Fisher Center Presents
Bread and Puppet Theater


Saturday, September 9, at 4pm


Montgomery Place Campus
Admission is Free


Peter Schumann’s celebrated Bread and Puppet Theater brings the 2023 edition of its legendary activist circus pageant to the fields of Montgomery Place, a 380-acre National Historic Landmark estate adjacent to Bard’s main campus and acquired by the College in 2016.

Featuring more than 20 live puppeteers, musicians, and performers, the event unfolds against the panoramic backdrop of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. This colorful, celebratory, and thought-provoking event concludes with the sharing of the company’s famous home-baked rye bread.

It is suitable for all ages and free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended.


About Bread and Puppet Theater

The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side. Besides rod-puppet and hand puppet shows for children, the concerns of the first productions were rents, rats, police, and other problems of the neighborhood. More complex theater pieces followed, in which sculpture, music, dance, and language were equal partners. The puppets grew bigger and bigger. Annual presentations for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Memorial Day often included children and adults from the community as participants. Many performances were done in the street. During the Vietnam War, Bread and Puppet staged block-long processions and pageants involving hundreds of people.

In 1974 Bread and Puppet moved to a farm in Glover in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The 140-year-old hay barn was transformed into a museum for veteran puppets. Our Domestic Resurrection Circus, a two-day outdoor festival of puppetry shows, was presented annually through 1998.

The company makes its income from touring new and old productions both on the American continent and abroad and from sales of Bread and Puppet Press’ posters and publications. The traveling puppet shows range from tightly composed theater pieces presented by members of the company to extensive outdoor pageants which require the participation of many volunteers.

Today, Bread and Puppet continues to be one of the oldest nonprofit political theatre companies in the country.

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