File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 118


To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 00:06:40 GMT
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Bread & Puppet controversy


I agree with Ed that B&P is a "force", and that there are apparenty a lot of people who currently do not know this, so that has to be part of the problem. Never-the-less, since B&P IS a force of its own, any publiciiy really should mention this ahead iof time. There are people "out there" who would then come (and stay) for that very reason.

I know some have expressed concerns about the commercialization of art, but there is nothing in the universe that is not helped by a little intelligent and HONEST marketing. It is the manipulative, untruthful techniques which bother me, and we have just been through months of slanderous and manipulative electioneering, if you need an example.

Ideas, health information, nutrition, the arts including puppetry, history, religon, science have all been marketed thru printing presses, lectures, tv. If nobody knows then there is no audience.

And if there is an audience, are they prepared?

ALAN


-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Atkeson
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 10:19 AM
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Bread & Puppet controversy

My opinion is that B&P is force of nature.

If B&P performs in your theatre you're a bit out of control and  
that's how it should be. If you're anxious about your audience having  
an over-tactile experience, you shouldn't hire Bread and Puppet ...  
and everyone should know that by now.

enjoying the conversations lately,
Ed A


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