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Coming Up in Plainfield: “The Perils of Mr. Punch”

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Courtesy photo of Justin Lander and Rose Friedman

Modern Times Theater will perform “The Perils of Mr. Punch” at 4 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the Plainfield Recreation Field.

The Friends of the Plainfield Opera House, in collaboration with the Plainfield Recreation Committee, are pleased to announce this presentation, their third offering of their summer music series. This concert is on track rain or shine! In the case of rain, it will move into the Opera House. Admission is by donation. Bring your own chairs or blankets.

The show involves the one and only Punch and Judy, presented live, and updated for the 21st century. Allow Mr. Punch to deftly remove your bad mood, while he exhausts your child! Gawk as Judy struggles to balance a checkbook before being eaten by the carnivore du jour! Feast your eyes upon the diaper change that should not be! 

It’s a melodrama of epically small proportions, and it’s so funny that you’ll forget to take out your phone for at least the first half hour.

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The hand puppets are created from up-cycled designer trash and performed in an eccentric itinerant puppet stage. The show is hosted per tradition by a “bottler,” the uku-lady Rose Friedman. Justin Lander, showman of the absurd, portrays all the characters.

The program is rounded out with live music played on a variety of instruments, from the cornet to the bicycle pump. It’s a low-tech, old-time spectacle, entertaining to people of all ages, from one to one hundred. 

Modern Times Theater has been adapting and updating Punch and Judy puppet shows for over a decade. Co-founders Rose Friedman and Justin Lander are a husband-and-wife duo, producers for Vermont Vaudeville and alumni of the Bread and Puppet Theater. Parents themselves, they strive to present quality entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

The series is sponsored by Plainfield Friends of the Opera House, Plainfield Recreation Committee, Caledonia Spirits, Black Bear Bio, Plainfield Coop, East Hill Tree Farm, Positive Pie, Onion River Campground, and anonymous donors and a generous grant from

The Stages in the Sun initiative — a partnership between the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association, the Vermont Arts Council, and the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, to promote two of the best things Vermont has to offer: incredible artists and the great outdoors. 

We thank the Vermont Community Foundation for their donation to help sponsor this and other Stages in the Sun events through a COVID-19 response grant. Please check out the Stages in the Sun calendar online at vermontvacation.com to find more great outdoors arts events

For more information go to www.plainfieldoperahousevt.org/ or email plainfieldtownhall@gmail.com Phone or text: 802.498.3173