An intensive weeklong theater residency culminates at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, with the performance of a show titled "Sourdough Philosophy Circus and Pageant" on Stoughton Lawn, located next to the Benham-Pence Student Center. The rain site for the performance, which is free and open to the public in keeping with the Witt Series tradition, is Pam Evans Smith Arena in the HPER Center.
The Sourdough Philosophy Circus is described as a show "about the need for human fermentation," according to the group's Web site. "Human fermentation concerns those parts of the human body that are not governed by the government, like the guts and the gutsy parts of the brain. This also applies to zebras and city bred cows, dancing bears and independent donkeys.
"The show is run by a bunch of cooks, specialists in cooking the various stews and pancakes of our everyday first world existence. Additional commentary is provided by the Rotten Idea Theater Company. Music is by the Sourdough Philosophy Brass Band and a quartet of sheep."
Until 1998 Bread and Puppet hosted its annual Pageant and Circus, a festival that regularly drew crowds numbering more than 10,000 who camped on nearby farmers' land. In hopes of returning to the group's roots, Schmann cancelled the festival, and the theater has instead offered smaller weekend performances each summer. In addition, Bread and Puppet Theater maintains a busy touring schedule in the United States and internationally.
Bread and Puppet's Wittenberg visit is co-sponsored by The Ruth B. and Thomas F. Mackey Charitable Trust, Gil Belles, class of 1962, and the First-Year Experience program.
The Witt Series is a selection of cultural activities annually presented by Wittenberg University. All Series events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeannine Fox, Series coordinator, at (937) 327-7470 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
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