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CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, September 19, 2005

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The Vermont-based Bread & Puppet Theater group will bring their politically-themed "National Circus of the Correct Moment" to Hudson Valley Community College at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 7 in the outdoor quad behind the Guenther Enrollment Services Center.

Featuring large papier-mâché and fabric puppets worn as costumes or carried on rods, the Bread & Puppet Theater group will take on serious political issues, such as the impact of Wal-Mart superstores on communities and the separation of church and state, using comedic, slapstick skits. While taking on adult themes, the puppet show can be enjoyed by children as well.

Free slices of bread also will be given out to audience members, baked in a brick oven constructed at the college for the event. The offering represents the group's belief that theater should nourish an audience just as bread does.

The event is free to the public. If it rains, the event will be held in the Conway Ice Rink.

The Bread & Puppet Theater group is also looking for local community members to get involved in the performance, helping with the puppets or a musical parade. Any interested volunteer actors or musicians are asked to call (518) 629-7170. Rehearsals will be held at the college on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7.

The Bread & Puppet Theater group was created by founder Peter Schumann in 1963, on the Lower East Side of New York City. The theater residency later moved to Vermont, settling on a farm in Glover, Vermont. The nonprofit residency performs about half-a-dozen events each summer, including performances abroad such as an event in Barcelona, Spain last year. Bread & Puppet Theater is one of the oldest self-supporting nonprofit theater companies in the country.

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