Bread & Puppet Theater to Perform Throughout Greater Nippertown This Month [Berkshire on Stage]
Bread & Puppet Theater performs at BART Charter Public School in Adams at 7pm on Thursday (April 6). They will have spent the week working with BART to prepare a collaborative performance of Bread and Puppet’s Faust 3, a proletarian rumination on displacement, heaven, and satisfaction in the tradition of Medieval Faust puppet shows and Goethe’s epic verse drama.
Bread & Puppet Theater will present the play at a number of Greater Nippertown venues throughout the month, including Gateway City Arts in Holyoke (3pm on Sunday, April 9), Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington (7:30pm on Thursday, April 13) and Time + Space Limited in Hudson (7:30pm on Friday, April 14).
Based in Glover, Vermont, the Bread and Puppet Theater has been an innovator and leading force behind the use of puppet arts and cantasoria (a form of street theater) to advocate for social and economic justice since its founding in 1963. Faust 3 is most the most recent play written and directed by Bread and Puppet’s founder and director, Peter Schumann.
The production can be understood as an extension of Goethe’s Faust, with the driving question of the play, “What constitutes a satisfying life?” While Goethe’s Faust is told from the point of view of a relatively privileged, educated doctor, Bread and Puppet’s Faust 3 is told from the point of view of the everyday man. It is told in three parts, each of which focuses on the following topics: the refugee crisis/refugee experience, the impact of economic disparity on the common person’s experience and the challenges of food access.