9/1: Bread and Puppet Circus at Fort Allen Park

Fort Allen Park, Sunday, September 1 at 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

FREE and open to the public – We will pass the hat for donations!

Bread and Puppet returns to Portland, ME, for their annual circus on the Eastern Promenade of Fort Allen Park. As always, the show will feature the riotous Bread and Puppet Brass Band, stilters, flags, and the whole roaring, squawking, whinnying paper maché menagerie, attempting to speak to the urgent heart of the moment. Following the performance, Bread and Puppet will serve its famous sourdough rye bread with garlic aioli, and the Bread and Puppet Press Store — with posters, banners, books, pamphlets, and postcards from the Bread and Puppet Press — will be open for perusal by the public. Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic and the whole family!

About The Diagonal Life Circus:

“Reality is either horizontal or vertical or both. The horizontal produces us, and eventually takes us back into its giant arms’ embrace. The vertical is the exceptional human predicament, the up- and forward-striding ambition that makes history and warfare.

The diagonal results from the hurts that the vertical suffers in the process. It is our common human fate, the hard-to-sustain-in-between life, neither up nor down that needs to muster all its strength to lift itself up and the courage to invent tricks that keep it from falling. And this trickery deserves a circus, to celebrate the inventiveness of the struggling body and mind in the fight against falling, as well as a victory feast for the successful lifting itself up.”

Bread and Puppet Theater is an internationally celebrated company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance and slapstick. Its shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper maché and cardboard.