Peter Schumann and his Bread and Puppet Theater are likely the most important, and surely the longestlasting, contributors to modern American theater history. Since the early sixties Schumann and his puppeteers have been pouring out work after work on every scale: political works, mysterious works, grand works, modests works, works on the street and works in fields, works to be played in every size theater on four continents, books, prints, posters, and banners which live as show-and-tell in so many homes.
Ronald T. Simon, a remarkable photographer, and Marc Strin, a long time pupeteer, have contributed in their own ways to the sohows, recording and reflecting on the events. Out of their experiences they have created Rehearsing with Gods: Photographs and Essays on the Bread and Puppet Theater.
Far more than history or documentation, they identify eight archetypes engaged repeatedly by Peter Sgumann and his crew. heir book consists of parallel meditations unified and interwined by the chapter themes of Death, Friend, Beast, Human, World, Gift, Bread, and Hope.
Altogether, this is a collaboration that reflects their sixty odd man-years of personal experience in, hidden narratives of, and speculative reflections on Peter Shumann's projetcs, ever-more relevant to our times. This is a book that will engage both fans and newcomers an inside view of Peter Schumann's political-artistic world.