As I watch the patient’s heart rate slow on the monitor, it strikes me that I am watching a major event in someone’s life. The scar on the patient’s chest will be permanent, and I am here to witness it form.
The show begins with a rendition of the 1386 Battle of Sempach, in which puppeteers in large papier-mâché masks defeat armored cavalry (other puppeteers wearing stilts and papier-mâché horses) with pitchforks and hay rakes. I become concerned for the welfare of the fictional horses.
That’s because the city’s protest scene is frequented by the Boston Area Brigade of Activist Musicians, a self-described “fire brigade of musicians” that can show up at any protest at a moment’s notice.