If a playwright tried to see eye to eye with everybody, he would get the worst case of strabismus since Hannibal lost an eye trying to count his nineteen elephants during a snowstorm while crossing the Alps.
A dramatic experience concerned with the mundane may inform but it cannot release; and one concerned essentially with the aesthetic politics of its creators may divert or anger, but it cannot enlighten.
The theatre is the best way of showing the gap between what is said and what is seen to be done, and that is why, ragged and gap-toothed as it is, it has still a far healthier potential than some poorer, abandoned arts.
Bread and Puppet Theater got their start protesting the Vietnam War and have ever since been performing at social gatherings where everyone is invited. Quest wanted to be the people's theater of Chicago and Bread and Puppet represents the type of open and accessible art we're going for.
The group that does costumes for the Tennessee Repertory Theater is doing our costumes. We have access to their stuff and we have the ability to have stuff made. It's wonderful to have our own costumer instead of having to go to thrift stores all the time. That's actually where most of our budget went.