New Visions series presents “Bitter Fruits and Combat Boots”

Bitter Fruits and Combat Boots: a Hip Hopera
by Redwing Blackbird Theater and Not4Prophet

Friday, November 6, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 7, 7:30pm

Tickets are $16 general, $13 students and seniors
Order online at the links above or by calling 802-387-4051

Bitter Fruits and Combat Boots: a Hip Hopera breaks new ground as Redwing Blackbird Theater’s hand puppeteer, Amy Trompetter, collaborates with East Harlem rap poet, Not4Prophet.

True to the New Visions series’ mission of cross-disciplinary exploration, these two artists juxtapose the innocence of the puppet with the deeply rooted expression of Hip Hop. Not4Prophet’s songs weave history into the puppetry dialogue. The story moves from creation to expulsion from the Garden of Paradise into a New World Order, and through Harlem ghetto parables to the Apocalypse ushering in a utopian society. The vertical hand puppet stage features painted backdrops reminiscent of European Cantastoria, sung picture stories. Puppetry text sources include Medieval Mystery Plays, Punch & Judy, Black Lives Matter and a Kazakh wonder tale.

Bitter Fruits and Combat Boots: a Hip Hopera debuted at the Puppeteers of America National Festival in Storrs, CT, July ’15, and will now be presented as part of our New Visions Series, which serves as a laboratory for new works by artists in the field of puppetry and movement-based theater.

Amy Trompetter designs, directs and performs puppet shows. Her roots are in the Bread and Puppet Theater in 1960’s NYC. Amy’s recent major puppet work includes: Opera & Giant Puppets: Amy Trompetter’s Barber of Seville, an exhibit at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, Storrs, CT, ’14. She has led communities in making large puppet pageants in Italy, France, Nicaragua, Mexico, Japan, Botswana, Bangladesh, China, Thailand, Indonesia and Burma.

Not4Prophet aka Zero Prophet creates and performs Hip Hop honed afro aesthetic indigenous inspired political poetry, militant music and subversive sounds. He is an experimentalist, performance poet, singer, songwriter, agitator and Neo Rican style emoter, with dirt roots in the streets of New York City. His keen awareness of civic power marks Not4Prophet as a public poet, or what he likes to call himself, a “barrio bard”.

Tickets available here:

Friday, November 6, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 7, 7:30pm

Reservations can also be made by calling the theater at (802) 387-4051. Tickets are payable by cash or check at the door. Getting tickets in advance is highly encouraged as seating is limited.


 Made possible in part with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Vermont Community Foundation.

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