New York: Bread and Puppet Theater, 1967. 16mo (5.5 x 4.25 inches; 140 x 108 mm). 32 pages, mimeographed. Stapled-as-issued in original wrappers. Wrappers a triffle soiled, ink phone number written on front wrapper. Item #405604
Scarce ephemeral mimeo program from New York's groundbreaking experimental puppet theater. This group of self-described "scruffy troubadours" began putting on weekly performances in the 1960s. They took their name from founder Peter Schumann, a emigre German sculptor, dancer and baker whose bread was distributed to the audience. Its radical counterculture performances were a major part of the downtown scene. They since moved to Vermont, and continue to perform 50 years on.
This festival program opens with an illustrated cast of the performers and crew. What follows is a barrage of all-cap rants and follies, and a final sequence of 12 childish drawings headed "FOTOS OF PLANET EARTH TAKEN FROM BELOW AND HANDED OUT TO THE PARTICIPANTS AFTER THEY ARRIVE IN HELL."
Scarce: WorldCat lists only a single copy, at Yale.