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Bread and Puppet Presents The Basic Bye-Bye Show (Show Only)

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Bread and Puppet Theater will perform a new play, The Basic Bye-bye Show, a manifesto on transformation, inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s apocalyptic woodcuts, birch branches lost during an ice storm, and the daily news.

In The Basic Bye-bye Show a series of quiet object fantasies unfold in black, white, and grey inside a small fabric stage printed with elementary words -- "Resist," "Bread," "Yes," "Sky," "Riot," "Bye-bye." Outside, an orchestra of nonsense instruments arises, spins, and recedes. A birch forest grows. Sculpted clouds produce hands, chairs, and rain. The storm passes. The episodes that make up The Basic Byebye Show develop an abstract counterpoint to periodic handkerchief-assisted "basic bye-byes" to various brutal unnecessities of our current politics.

B&P director, Peter Schumann, says of the show: "The Basic Bye-bye Show is based on the fact that our culture is saying its basic bye-bye to Mother Earth by continuing the devastating effects of the global economy on our planet - which is why our show proclaims the Possibilitarian's basic bye-bye to capitalism in order to welcome the 1000 alternatives to this rotten system."
 

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