File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 98

Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2008 12:02:51 -0800
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Bread & Puppet controversy

i work and live by the cheap art manifesto .written by bread & Puppets.


On Sun, Nov 9, 2008 at 11:46 AM, Alan Cook <> wrote:

> Gina, I am sorry to hear of your travails.
> What is not clear: B&P has often been "controvrsial" and I don't know if
> that was mentioned in preshow publicity. Someone expecting a standard kiddie
> show of fairy tales or puppet varieties might not be prepared for what they
> saw.
> It sounds like there may have been problems in communication with your
> local public BEFORE the show took place.
> It is often useful to "warn sensitive souls" that a specific theatre piece
> may be offensive to some, may not be suitable to those under age such &
> such, may be for "mature audiences", etc. etc etc.
> It is also a way of challenging an audience to decide if they are open to
> an alternate viewpoint on stage or not.
> The history of B&P  has certainly been colorful.
> When I saw them here in California at various years & locations, the
> audences knew why they wanted to see the performances. It does not sound
> like that was the case currently. While giving helpful advance information
> to ticket buyers is no guarantee that all individuals will pay attention, at
> least then, the shoe is on the other foot.
> Sometimes B&P could have behaved better. Years ago, they were scherduled to
> perform at Immaculate Heart College in Hollywood on the school LUNCH HOUR.
> They showed up an hour late, having spent far too much time at the beach in
> Santa Monica CA. They were NOT thinking about the needs of the audience. By
> the time they arrived on campus, half the audience had to leave to attend
> classes. The students were extremely disappointed, the show was well worth
> seeing, there was no bread baked nor served, no sense of apologies for
> showing up late. Not good PR for sure, and maybe a touch of arrogance and
> disdain similar to that of cult religions.
> It was painful for me, as an advocate for puppetry and an admirer of B&P to
> witness such disappointment.
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with love and affection
edith gloria hole
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