Item #5268 Bread and Puppet Theater

Bread and Puppet Theater

[New York]: Bread and Puppet Theater, [1960s]. Item #5268

Lithograph. 15 3/4 x 26 1/4 in. Very good. Printed on uneven paper, light staining at the top edge and a small closed tear on bottom.

A remarkable poster advertising the radical puppet theater. Bread and Puppet Theater began in 1962 as a weekly puppet show by the Schuman family, who had recently emigrated from Germany, and throughout the 1960s expanded to large scale performances of puppetry, street theatre, and activist demonstrations. In the 1970s the theater settled in Vermont, where they received patronage by Goddard College. Since that time they have performed nationally and internationally, always keeping in line with their manifesto of cheap art and engagement with political activism and progressive causes.

From the collection of Julian Beck and Judith Malina. Given provenance and printing style, we believe this is an early example of printed matter from the Bread and Puppet Theater.