Friday, March 23rd, 7:30 pm

Bread & Puppet Theater

[Worcester, MA] Bread & Puppet Theater comes to The Sprinkler Factory in Worcester Friday, March 23rd with a new play, The Basic Bye-bye Show, a manifesto on transformation, inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s apocalyptic woodcuts, birch branches lost during an ice storm, and the daily news.

In The Basic Bye-bye Show a series of quiet object fantasies unfolds in black, white, and grey inside a small fabric stage printed with elementary words -- "Resist," "Bread," "Yes," "Sky," "Riot," "Byebye." Outside, an orchestra of nonsense instruments arises, spins, and recedes. A birch forest grows. Sculpted clouds produce hands, chairs, and rain. The storm passes. The episodes that make up The Basic Byebye Show develop in abstract counterpoint to periodic handkerchief-assisted "basic byebyes" to various brutal unnecessities of our current politics.

B&P director, Peter Schumann, says of the show: "The Basic Bye-bye Show is based on the fact that our culture is saying its basic bye-bye to Mother Earth by continuing the devastating effects of the global economy on our planet - which is why our show proclaims the Possibilitarian's basic bye-bye to capitalism in order to welcome the 1000 alternatives to this rotten system."

After the performance Bread and Puppet will serve its famous free sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press – will be for sale. The Bread and Puppet Practitioners-of-the-Pursuit-of-What Fiddle Band will welcome the public.

Bread and Puppet Presents The Basic Bye-bye Show, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23rd, at The Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St., Worcester, MA.

ADMISSION BY DONATION: $10-$25 sliding scale suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.

For more information: http://breadandpuppet.org/

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Background Information about Bread and Puppet:

Bread & Puppet Theater is an internationally celebrated company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance and slapstick. Its shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper maché and cardboard. Founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City's Lower East Side, the theater has been based in the North East Kingdom of Vermont since the early 1970s.

Please contact Josh Krugman (jrkrugman@gmail.com; 802-525-3031) with further questions, or for interview with company members and B&P director, Peter Schumann.