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Friday Feb 23
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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The Bread & Puppet Theater returns to Texas February 23-March 3, 2024! The company presents The Palestine Emergency Mass, a brand new show in the tradition of the iconic Bread & Puppet masses that have been held at the Bread & Puppet farm in Vermont for decades. As usual, the show will draw on the structures of a Catholic Funeral Mass to draw attention to moribund aspects of our culture and politics that are in urgent need of funeralization and burial rites. Hymns, scripture readings, and puppets large and small gather in a spectacle of protest and celebration.

Of the show, director Peter Schumann says, “The Palestine Emergency Mass is governed by paper mache gods that respond to the urgencies of the moment– water, food, medicine, etc. Its prologue defines the two major political forces at play: the Terrorists and the Horrorists. Eight chapters follow, including a hymn for the sky, a traditional Northeast Kingdom ear dance to open the closed public ear, the feeding of scriptures into the Mouth of Hell, the weeping women catastrophe, a fiddle sermon, and of course, a funeral march to bury the rotten idea of the day. The result is the invention of new collective yells, impossible for our Idiot System to ignore any longer.”

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