Bread and Puppet Theater will return to Belfast with “The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus” Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m. on the Belfast Common. The internationally celebrated company produces shows that are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper-maché and cardboard. Founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City's Lower East Side, B&P has been based in the North East Kingdom of Vermont since the early 1970s.

“The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus” is a large-scale puppet spectacle that explains and teaches riot and rebellion against intolerable situations with the help of state-of-the-art paper-maché “weaponry” and the appropriately riotous Bread and Puppet Brass Band.

Bread and Puppet visited in April, performing “The Basic Byebye Show” — a funeral for the gun — to a sold-out audience at the Crosby Center. After the success of this spring visit, which also included a workshop in an ancient street theater form called Cantastoria, B&P and Waterfall Arts (sponsor of both visits) immediately began to discuss possibilities for further collaboration. This performance will be the first result of that conversation.

Peter Schumann, B&P director, described “The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus” as follows: “Tigers roar, apes drum their chests, horses neigh, and celestial grasshoppers teach ICE agents the basics steps of grasshopper rebellion dancing. A paradise investigation team analyses the earthlings’ relationship to paradise, while major representatives of Mother Earth attend a festive Puerto Rican dance of liberation from natural and political disaster.”

Bread and Puppet is coming to Belfast at the outset of a 14-week tour across the continent and back with “The Grasshopper Rebellion” Circus and two other programs. After the Sept. 11 performance, Bread and Puppet will serve its famous free sourdough rye bread with aioli; and its Cheap Art — books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press — will be for sale.

Admission is by donation, suggested at $10 to $25; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information on the event, visit or

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