[Glover, VT]: Bread & Puppet, n.d.. First Edition. Bread and Puppet Theatre was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City's Lower East Side. At first, Schumann and his colleagues built large-scale rod and hand puppets and put on shows for children, with themes running from rent and rats to police and other problems in the neighborhood. As the theater troupe grew, so did the complexity of their productions and puppets. Annual presentations for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and Memorial Day frequently included children and adults from within the community, with many of the performances being done in the street. During the Vietnam War, B&P staged block-long processions involving hundreds of participants. From the beginning, Bread and Puppet augmented its theatrical productions with a lively output of self-published (mostly mimeographed) pamphlets, broadsides, and chap-books. Like the puppet-plays (and often designed to accompany them), these publications bridged the gap between artistic expression and moral pedagogy, combining an avant-garde, insistently primitive graphic style with simple left-wing political messages. The results were some of the most compelling (if crudely-produced) artist's books of the period. Like most Bread and Puppet publications from this period, the book is illustrated in a naive, child-like style that reinforces a simple, humanitarian message. Unlocated in OCLC as of May, 2016. Small 16mo (13.75cm.); pictorial staplebound self-wrappers; 32pp.; chiefly illus. Minor toning, light wear from handling, else Very Good to Near Fine. (Inventory #: 29844)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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