Rehearsing With Gods
Ronald T Simon and Marc Estrin are pleased to announce the release of their upcoming book:
Rehearsing With Gods -
Photographs and Essays on the Bread & Puppet Theater.
146 Duotone Photographs by Ronald T Simon.
Eight Essays by Marc Estrin.
Foreward by Grace Paley.
Rehearsing With Gods Photographs & Essays on The Bread & Puppet Theater combines a twenty year photographic documentation by Ronald T Simon with eight essays by American author Marc Estrin, in a unique bookwork to be published by Chelsea Green Publishing Company, available May 2004. Rehearsing With Gods offers a profile of theatre director Peter Schumann, established for decades as an important and influential artist, and presents a wealth of visual and written ruminations that may prove a respected publication in the history of modern theatre
"I never thought a book could do justice to the magic, the beauty, the power of Bread and Puppet. But Rehearsing with Gods does just that, with the poetic, profound commentary by Marc Estrin, and the magnificent photographs by Ron Simon, all suffused with the loving spirit of Peter and Elka Schumann and their intrepid band of puppeteers."
- Howard Zinn, author of A Peopleís History of the United States
For an art book, Rehearsing With Gods has a solid market base to build on, beginning with Bread and Puppet`s own forty year production history and established following. Several areas of study including theatre/art history, fine art/documentary photography and activism/ philosophy are richly entwined together by eight archetypal themes that provide a framework for discussing Peter Schumannís work. The hard bound cloth version with a first printing of 6000 is reasonably priced at $35 US. Further online discounts will make this book accessible to a larger buying public.
Rehearsing With Gods may go beyond The Bread & Puppet Theaterís traditional audience
and appeal to a wider readership, both as a reference and as a work of art in itself. A heartfelt tribute that rediscovers a world of artistic creation and identifies Peter Schumannís grand theatrical vision as one of genius amongst the great directors of modern theatre.
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