When: Fri., May 16, 8 p.m. 2014
In 1971, Bread and Puppet Theater staged Birdcatcher in Hell in response to president Nixon’s pardon of Lt. William Calley, who orchestrated the My Lai massacre, one of the Vietnam War’s worst atrocities. Bright-red costumes, banners and giant masks punctuated politically charged messages. Adapted for the Bush-Obama years, the show the New York Times calls “a spectacle for the heart and soul” returns to the stage as part of Bread and Puppet’s 50th anniversary tour. Tackling topics from Guantanamo Bay to drone warfare, original cast members reprise their roles to celebrate the union of art and activism.