“Diagonals are created from the leaning power of hurt verticals,” says Peter Schumann, Bread and Puppet’s founder and director. “The diagonal threatens collapse while always containing the possibility of uprising.” We inhabitants of Western modernity are no strangers to verticality, from the architecture of our cities, to the “ladder(s) of success” we’re asked to scale, to the incessant wakefulness required of us, postponing the horizontal pleasures of sleep. Bread and Puppet’s Diagonal Man presents the diagonal as a potent and promising opposition to the dominating verticality of our culture. Puppeteers long ago realized that the most aesthetically radical movements for puppets are diagonals, because these movements cannot be sustained by human actors or dancers for more than a moment. (Gymnasts upsidedown themselves frequently and with ease, but diagonal positions remain inaccessible without the use of puppet.)
Diagonal Man brings all the bewildering, beguiling, and downright funny possibilities and implications of diagonality to life with song, dance, magic, mechanism, and stunning cardboard and paper maché puppets painted in Peter Schumann’s exuberant, slapdash expressionist style.
After the performance Bread and Puppet will serve its famous free sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press – will be for sale. The Bread and Puppet Practitioners-of-the-Pursuit-of-What String Band will welcome the public.
BENEFIT SUPPER: Before the show, join the performers at 6:30 PM for a meal at TSL to benefit Bread and Puppet Theater. Price of $35 includes supper and admission to the show.
Menu: Spring Tortellini Soup with Sweet Peas, Golden Beets, and Greens (Vegetarian); Kale-Stuffed Cauliflower (Vegetarian, Gluten Free); Garlic Roasted Artichoke and Asparagus (Vegan, Gluten Free); and Strawberry Rhubarb Custard for dessert!
Friday, April 26th, 2019 / 7:30pm (Doors at 7)
Benefit dinner – 6:30pm
General Admission – $15
TSL Members – $12.50
Students – $10
Benefit Supper – $35 includes supper and admission to the show. Please RSVP by purchasing a ticket to the supper online, e-mailing email@example.com, or calling 518-822-8100.
Time & Space Limited
434 Columbia St.,
Hudson, NY 12534