Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover

The Bread and Puppet Theater (often known simply as Bread & Puppet) is a politically radical puppet theater, active since the 1960s, currently based in Glover, Vermont. Its founder and director is Peter 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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  • The huge barns store an amazing collection of puppets and models used for the company's performances. Begun with an anti-Vietnam war production, the collection of performances encompasses and...  more »
  • What a fascinating find! Places like this keep Vermont weird - in a good way! Prepared to be impressed and entertained - but also take time to appreciate deep messages. Be there.  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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