The Underneath The Above Show #1
4 Glen Morris Street, Luella Massey Studio Theatre
Time: Mar 10th, 8:00 pm End: Mar 12th, 2:00 pm
Interest Categories: Slavic Studies (FAS), Humanities, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), 2000-
Performances by Bread & Puppet Theatre - March 10-12, 2016
The Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies and the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto are proud to present
BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER
THE UNDERNEATH THE ABOVE SHOW #1
March 10-12, 2016
Luella Massey Studio Theatre, 4 Glen Morris Street
The Underneath the Above Show #1 is a puppet show contribution to the ongoing U.S. presidential election campaign, performed by a team of hardhats who manipulate the life-size cardboard electorate. The elementary dissatisfaction of the population and its desire for systemic change are demonstrated in three acts showing three regime changes in a distant mountainous country and are in stark contrast to the actuality of the ongoing presidential campaign. Act 3 features a guest appearance by an old jolly god resurrected for the purpose of promoting life, health, home, and general protection from evil! Proletarian coffee breaks included.
The Bread & 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 that neighbourhood. More complex theater pieces, in which sculpture, music, dance and language were equal partners, followed. 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 & Puppet staged block-long precessions involving hundreds of people.
In 1974 the Theater 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 on the American continent and abroad and from the sales of Bread & Puppet Press's 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.Bread & Puppet is one of the oldest nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in North America. www.breadandpuppet.org
March 10, 11, and 12 at 8pm
March 12 at 2pm
Tickets: $10 students and seniors; $20 full price
The evening performances on March 10th and 11th will include an introduction by a scholar and a local artist. The evening performance on March 12th will be followed by a roundtable discussion with Bread and Puppet Theater. Please check our Facebook event page and UofTTix event page for details.
Tickets are available through www.uofttix.ca or call 416-978-8849.
The visit of Bread and Puppet Theater is made possible through generous grants of support from the following organizations:
**The Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies
**The Jackman Humanities Institute
**The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
**The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto
**The Department of English at St. George
**The Department of English and Drama at Mississauga
**The Department of English at Scarborough
**The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
**The Centre for Comparative Literature
**The Office of the Vice Dean, School of Graduate Studies