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  1. Ralph Hurwitz
    Ralph Hurwitz July 30, 2016 at 7:29 pm | | Reply

    Thank you!! Great interview, very interesting. We’ve been making an annual pilgrimage to B&P since 1994 & love hearing Peter’s responses to your excellent questions.

  2. Julia Peattie
    Julia Peattie July 31, 2016 at 1:31 am | | Reply

    Wonderful interview, thank you so much.

    I was ten in 1967 when my sixteen year-old sister graduated high school early and joined the Bread and Puppet. She traveled the world with the B & P for about 12 years, so I grew up going to shows and sometimes stepping around puppeteers sleeping all over our house when they would come to the Boston area. Peter and his wife Elka are sort of mythical figures in my childhood. I so very much enjoyed listening to this. I especially loved Peter’s comments about children and his description of listening to them in awe. I’ve been working with children for forty years and I still feel that way about kids.

  3. Rosa L Marquez Perez
    Rosa L Marquez Perez July 31, 2016 at 4:31 am | | Reply

    At four o’clock in the morning, to hear Peter Schumann speak about the intangible miles away… A treat! Thanks.

  4. marianne ross
    marianne ross July 31, 2016 at 9:55 am | | Reply

    dear erica
    many thanks for your deep listening and insightful questions, but still puzzling over peter’s answers, even after all these years. much food for thought/feeling.

  5. chris cavanagh
    chris cavanagh August 1, 2016 at 8:29 am | | Reply

    Thanks for this. I could listen to Peter all day. And have, at times. Having witnessed Peter in action many times, having been directed by him, and having read many pieces by Peter and about Bread and Puppet, i would cower to do an interview with him. So, bravo, and, again, thanks. He has always struck me as more shaman than artist. Imagine taking on “Faust 3,” as he describes, with Goethe having died doing “Faust 2,” as he says. Damn! His responses to your questions are kind and provocative and resonate with so much soul. I know some of the things he says are hard to fathom but they are well-worth the effort (including, as he kind of implies, doing one’s homework and reading Heidegger, Adorno, Goethe, listening to John Cage, Glenn Gould, learning about Merce Cunningham, and so on). I suppose Peter has been one of the great teachers in my life and i am learning from him still. I’ve always thought that Peter exemplified what Lorca talks about in his famous essay “Play and Theory of the Duende” . Peter knows duende. It was the duende in the pageants that i first saw in 1981, that hooked me and kept me coming back. I daresay that Peter’s responses in this interview constitute a companion piece to Lorca’s essay. Finally, i think you (if you haven’t already come across it) and your listeners might appreciate this 2002 CBC Ideas series on Bread and Puppet by Canadian journalist David Cayley: http://www.davidcayley.com/podcasts/2015/1/9/puppet-uprising-the-art-of-peter-schmanns-bread-and-puppet-theater

  6. chris cavanagh
    chris cavanagh August 1, 2016 at 8:30 am | | Reply

    oops – the Lorca link didn’t come through on my comment. Trying again: http://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/Spanish/LorcaDuende.htm

  7. Christopher Leonard
    Christopher Leonard August 3, 2016 at 4:14 am | | Reply

    Thank you yet again Erica.
    You do a truly wonderful job in eliciting responses from your subjects.

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