"The Circus of the Possibilitarians"
From Bread & Puppet Theater
Kicks Off Harvard Square’s Annual "Revival Month"

Soon to be celebrating its 50th anniversary, the award-winning Bread & Puppet Theater, from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, will present its "The Circus of the Possibilitarians" on the Cambridge Common on Sunday, September 2, at 3 p.m. The free performance -- to be held rain or shine -- will help launch Harvard Square’s annual “Revival Month.”

"The Circus of the Possibilitarians" is a satirical horse and butterfly circus, addressing pertinent national and international issues in a clownish fashion, features rotten ideas, a wild dancing horse, a saxophone ballet, a solemn salute to the world's casualties and much more. Not to mention The Dire Circumstance Jubilation Ensemble providing a little bit of brass and a lot of noise. (If some of the circus acts are politically puzzling to adults, accompanying children can usually explain them.) The audience is welcome to examine all the masks and puppets after the performance. As well, Cheap Art will be for sale.

Bread & Puppet Theater is one of the oldest and most unusual theatrical companies in the United States. The theater champions a visually rich slapstick style of street-theater that is filled with huge puppets made of paper maché and cardboard, combined with masked characters, improvisational dance movement, political commentary, and a lively brass band for accompaniment. The company’s performances are described by The New York Times as "a spectacle for the heart and soul."

Bread & Puppet is based on a large farm in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. It was founded by Peter Schumann, German born artist-dancer, in 1963, and for the next decade his giant puppets figured prominently in anti-Vietnam-War demonstrations in New York City, Washington D.C. and other cities in the United States and abroad.

Harvard Square’s annual “Revival Month” is an entire month of “reincarnations” which will spill over into early October with the return of the HONK! Parade: Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes, and Feet Parade on October. 7. For complete information on Harvard Square’s “Revival Month” visit www.harvardsquare.com. For more information on HONK! and the parade that runs from Davis Square to Harvard Square, log onto www.honkfest.org.

Funded in part by the Cambridge Arts Council, this event is presented with the assistance of The Cambridge Arts Council and the Harvard Square Business Association.

For further details, call the Boston-area Bread & Puppet Theater information line 617-286-6694 or log onto www.breadandpuppet.org.

-- OnStage Boston



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