Bread & Puppet Theatre to Perform at Middlebury
Bread & Puppet, an internationally-recognized,
Vermont-based theatre company which focuses on environmental and
human rights, will perform at Middlebury College at 4 p.m. on
Saturday, April 4. The company, along with over 30 student and
community volunteers, will present “The City-of-Brotherly-Love
Passion Play” in the field outside the McCullough Student
Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30). In
the event of rain, the play will take place on the stage in McCullough.
The performance is free and open to the public.
The story of the play is that of MOVE,
a group in Philadelphia who preached equality and respect for
all life in the early 1980s by protesting the horrid housing conditions
of the city’s poor, by recycling and composting, and by organizing
other consciousness-raising activities. In 1985, the Philadelphia
police raided and bombed the MOVE home, killing 11 people and
burning down 60 homes in all. While nine MOVE members still serve
prison terms, no officials or police officers have been charged
with any wrongdoing.
Volunteers are still needed to carry
puppets, wear masks or sing Sacred Harp music. The first rehearsal
is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 on the stage of the McCullough
Student Center. No experience is necessary. For more information,
please call student organizer Elizabeth Crockett at 802-443-6670.