This year’s Puppets in the Green Mountains festival: Walking to the Borders featured 10 days of theater and dialogue all dedicated to ideas of social justice and exploring the concept of “us and them.” The idea of using puppetry to explore, expose, and critique issues within our society is of course timeless, but one man has really carried the torch and plowed the way for a generation of American puppetry specifically geared to tackling our countries most difficult issues: Bread and Puppet Theater’s Founder and Artistic Director, Peter Schumann!
In recognition of a lifelong commitment to puppetry and social justice, we decided to honor Peter Schumann at this year’s festival. Check out the video below of Eric Bass, Co-Artistic Director of Sandglass presenting the award to Peter, amidst full fanfare provided by Bread and Puppet veterans, John Bell, Trudi Cohen, and the Second Line Brass Band. The presentation took place before the sold out performances of another Bread and Puppet veteran, Paul Zaloom and his infamous satire “White Like Me.”
Video provided by Sheldon Weeks
You can read a transcript of Eric’s speech here: