Stilted performers of the Bread and Puppet Theater.
The Bread and Puppet Theater got their start in New York City in the 60s and have been in operation ever since, making them the one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country. Their comical, social and decidedly political show has been a staple at Lawrence’s Bread and Roses Festival every Labor Day for years.
They are fun to watch and very fun to photograph. But they really don’t like that. Being photographed, I mean. At least not from “backstage” (behind the bus that serves as their stage front). In spite of the fact that “backstage” is situated in a public park, in plain view of the hundreds of festival goers, I was asked to stop taking photos from here by one of the actors. I was slightly taken aback — and I did point out the obvious.
Nonetheless, I consented. She asked nicely. Plus, I already got a few shots.
What is this, some kind of series?
Yes, it is! Throughout 2017 I’m attempting to take a new image every day and post it to this blog. Ambitious, I know. Success is not guaranteed, but I’ll give it my all. You can see all of the images below. Just click on a thumbnail and flip through them.
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