Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover

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The Bread and Puppet Theater (often known simply as Bread & Puppet) is a politically radical puppet theater, active since the 1960s, based in Glover, Vermont as of January 2020. Its founder and director are Peter and Elka Schumann.

The name Bread & Puppet is derived from the theater's practice of sharing its own fresh bread, served for free with aïoli, with the audience of each performance to create community, and from its central principle art should be as basic as bread to life. Some have heard echoes of the Roman phrase "bread and circuses" or the labor slogan "Bread and Roses" in the theater's name as well, though these are not often mentioned in Bread & Puppet's own explanations of its name.

The Bread and Puppet Theater participates in parades including Independence Day celebrations, notably in Cabot, Vermont, with many effigies including a satirical Uncle Sam on stilts.

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  • Fascinating history for protest puppetry, evocative and thoughtful. I loved the "turn off the lights when you leave" curation and honor system "gift shop." My youngest (14) was a little unnerved...  more »
  • One of kind and well worth driving a bit off the beaten path to see. In addition to being an outdoor/dirt floor theater, this is a massive old dairy barn full of one of kind puppets from shows...  more »
  • An amazing experience for long time fans and new admirers alike. Their performances are solemnly whimsical. The museum is a fascinating look at decades of channelled creativity. A must-see.
  • Go. Just go, if you're anywhere near here. It's a rare opportunity to see the history and current artform of giant puppetry! Such a magical experience of art and social justice!

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