Bread and Puppet Theater (estd. 1963, New York City, USA) is an internationally celebrated company based in Vermont, USA, which champions a visually rich, street-theatre brand of performance art filled with music, dance and slapstick. Its shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of papier maché and cardboard. Founded by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side, the Bread and Puppet Theater is recognised throughout the world and has won distinction at international theatre festivals in Italy, Poland and Yugoslavia. The company’s recent shows include Or Else (2018); The Basic Byebye Show (2018); The Honey Let’s Go Home Opera (2019) and The Insurrection-Resurrection Service Circus (2020). Notable awards include the Erasmus Prize of Amsterdam (1978), the Vermont Governor’s Award (1978), the Puppeteers of America’s President Award (1979) and the Obie Lifetime Achievement Award (1984).

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