Fifty years ago, give or take a few months, Bread and Puppet was born, a milestone which will be celebrated with a symposium at Boston College Saturday. As scholars know, distilling the essence of a political protest organization into an academic paper is a kind of art; as Bread and Puppet fans know, distilling political protest into art is a kind of magic.
Founded in New York in the early 1960s, the Bread and Puppet Theater embodies that decade’s spirit of creative protest. It has long occupied 20 pristine acres of northern Vermont. The area’s 19th-century farm roots are evident in the wooden outhouses in a meadow; adding to the whimsy are old, lovingly painted school buses sprinkled across the property in hidden glens and tree stands.