"Attica" and "Man of Flesh and Cardboard"
January 26 - January 29, 2012
The evening's prologue "Attica" marks the 40th anniversary of the prison riots at the Attica Correctional Facility in New York State. "Attica" was created in 1971 in direct response to the prison uprising, and was first performed in Bread and Puppet's Coney Island theater. The second part of the program is "Man of Flesh and Cardboard," the story of PFC Bradley Manning who is charged with supplying restricted material to WikiLeaks. Bread and Puppet confronts the irony of a soldier who faces conviction of a war crime for bringing war crimes to the light of day. This piece will be performed by director Peter Schumann and the Bread and Puppet resident company, along with a large number of local volunteer puppeteers and musicians. After each performance, the audience is invited to join an informal talk-back with the artists, to eat the company's home-made sourdough rye bread spread with garlic-laden aioli, to view the art exhibit, and to peruse the Cheap Art, posters and banners for sale.
Bread and Puppet Theater is one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in this country. It was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City's Lower East Side and is now based out of Glover, VT. For more information on the Bread and Puppet Theater, log onto http://www.breadandpuppet.org.