For the past three weeks I have been working with an American theatre company, Bread & Puppet, in residence here in Athens along with seven of my peers through our theatre class at CYA (College Year in Athens
The Bread & Puppet Theater
was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side. Then, in 1974, Bread & Puppet moved to “the farm” in Glover, Vermont. Today, Bread & Puppet continues to be one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the United States. (Make sure you take the time to read their “Cheap Art Manifesto” below.)
The first two weeks were spent experimenting with the five Bread & Puppet members who had traveled to Greece. When they weren’t working with our class, they were working with Greek volunteers (musicians, actors, and puppeteers) to create the traditional “Greek chorus.”
This past week was when everything was finally brought together. Our first and final dress rehearsal began at five Thursday evening, and at 8:30, we opened the show! We performed four shows (Thursday-Sunday) all of which were full houses! On opening night the students of CYA had the opportunity to see the show for free (rather than paying the €15 for a ticket.
The show, “A Thing Done in a Seeing Place” was a black and white puppet show based off of Sophocles’ ancient Greek tragedy, Antigone
. This story of power struggle between big authority and “little guy” can directly be applied to Greece’s current diplomatic struggles with the EU.
It was extremely well received and went off all weekend without a hitch!
I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to work with such a talented group of people and meet more Greeks which I otherwise would not have met in the process.
I guess I can check performing in Greece off my bucket list!