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March 8, 2010

Bread and Puppet Theater director Peter Schumann will present a short fiddle lecture illustrated with cantastoria banners, after which moderator John Bell will lead a discussion with Schumann about Bread and Puppet’s uses of public space, technology, the concept of progress, and the relations between puppet theater and modernism. A question-and-answer session will follow, and the evening will end with a drum and fiddle performance by Schumann and his grandson.

Peter Schumann (b. 1934 Silesia) founded Bread and Puppet Theater in New York City in 1963. From hand and rod puppet shows in the streets to giant puppet parades, Schumann addressed local injustices as well as the Vietnam War. In 1970 the company moved to Vermont where he continues to create shows and giant outdoor spectacles, performing locally and internationally while baking bread, growing garlic and splitting firewood. Schumann is married to Elka Leigh Scott where they live in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. They have five children and five grandchildren.


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The series is made possible in part by the Grants Program of the Council for the Arts at MIT.

Take the MBTA red line to the Kendall/MIT stop. Follow Main Street west to Ames Street, turn left, and walk one block. Ames Street has limited on-street parking. Visitors may park in MIT campus lots after 5PM. (The Hayward Lot is on Hayward Street, off of Amherst Street.)


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