Bread & Puppet Theater's Spring Tour: THE BIRDCATCHER IN HELL with Prologue



A Kyogen, or comic interlude in the Japanese Noh cycle, originally created in 1971 at Goddard College in response to President Nixon's pardon of Lt. Calley, the only US soldier convicted for the My Lai Massacre. The text also features passages of slaughter and mayhem from the Iliad.

This reconstruction will also quote president Obama's looking-forward-as-opposed-to-looking-backward philosophy, in respect to torture and war crimes.

Now, 43 years later, we are able to present the play again, with many of its original performers. We thank Sue Bettman, Mark Dannenhauer, Marc Estrin, and Avram Patt for taking part in this production. The original masonite-cuts were reprinted in the Bread and Puppet print shop by Lila Winstead and community helpers, to make the many banners and costumes for this show.


The Public Access Center for the Obvious Presents: HISTORY
Featuring historic monuments, a traditional broom dance to sweep away the excessive excesses of history, an 100 watt lightbulb and a ship of fools, all for the purpose of edging the not yet upriser-masses into existence.

16 May - Flynn Center - 8pm - Burlington, VT
29 May - Bellows Falls Opera House - 8pm - Bellows Falls, VT
30 May - Barre Opera House - 8pm - Barre, VT
26 June - Théâtre Outremont - Montreal, QC


Tickets can be purchased in advance for the Thursday, May 29 performance at the Bellows Falls Opera House at Flatiron Exchange Café at 51 The Sq in downtown Bellows Falls (open daily 6AM-9PM) Tickets are $20 for adult and $15 for seniors and students. The Bellows Falls Opera House is wheelchair accessible; please call in advance to make arrangements.

Rockingham Arts & Museum Project
7 Canal Street, Bellows Falls, Vermont 05101
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