September 8 at 7:00pm
September 9 at 7:30pm
September 10 at 7:30pm
September 11 at 3:00pm
September 13 at 7:30pm
September 14 at 7:30pm
September 15 at 7:30pm
September 16 at 7:30pm
September 17 at 7:30pm
September 18 at 3:00pm
JUST ADDED: $15 balcony seats. Available for purchase at the door before each remaining performance of FOOD!
Why do we eat what we eat? Where does it come from? Do we need what we eat? Do we eat what we need? What does it really cost?
An intimate dinner party performance of smell, taste, and touch, FOOD offers a meditation on the ways and whys of eating. The audience gathers around a white linen-covered dining table, engaging with each other and their empty plates in an immersive, constantly transforming performance. Sounds, scents, and tactile elements shape a conversation about personal memories, consumption, and the evolution of food production over generations.
FOOD is the third work in a trilogy by renowned clown and devotee of the “sublime ridiculous” Geoff Sobelle. Continuing the investigations of The Object Lesson and HOME, FOOD provokes questions about everyday experiences that many of us take for granted, served with Sobelle’s signature flavor of rigorous design, stage illusion, and an absurdist sense of humor.
“Despite all our accomplishments, we owe our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact it rains.”—Farm Equipment Association of Minnesota and Dakota
Created & performed by Geoff Sobelle
Director, Lee Sunday Evans
Illusion Design, Steve Cuiffo
Sound Design, Tei Blow
Lighting Design, Isabella Byrd
Props Design, Connor O’Leary
Additional Props, Julian Crouch
Production Stage Manager, Lisa McGinn
Production Manager, Kevin Hanley
Technical Director, Nathan (Pierre) Lemoine
Creative Producer, Jecca Barry
Health & Safety
Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event. For the safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, you must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Accepted forms for proof of vaccination include a physical vaccine card with your name on it or a digital proof of vaccination Please plan accordingly.
Due to the nature of the show, it is recommended that audiences be unmasked for the performance. However, this is not required, and audience members are welcome to wear masks for all or part of the performance. For the safety of all involved, we are asking all audience members to take a Covid test the day of the performance. If you test positive, please contact the FringeArts Box Office to arrange for a ticket exchange or refund.
Commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music, FringeArts, Allen Thorpe, and Garth Patil. Additional support provided by the Wyncote Foundation.
Festival Producers: Bob Dever, Andy & Bryna Scott, Larry and Ann Rosen Spector
Festival Co-Producers: Shelley Green & Michael Golden
$15 student and 25-and-under
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Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, Aug 5.
About the Artist
Geoff Sobelle (Creator/Performer) is a US-based actor and creator devoted to making original actor-driven performance works. His shows include: HOME, The Object Lesson, The Elephant Room, all wear bowlers and machines machines machines machines machines machines machines (among others). He has received commissions from BAM, Lincoln Center, Arizona State University, Center Theatre Group, Edinburgh International Festival and The New Zealand Festival. His shows have been recognized by a Bessie Award, an Obie Award in design, two Edinburgh Fringe First Awards, the Best of Edinburgh Award, a Total Theatre Award and an Innovative Theatre Award. He is a Pew Fellow and a Creative Capital Grantee. Geoff was a company member of Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theatre Company from 2001-2012. He trained in physical theater at the Lecoq school in Paris and is a graduate of Stanford University. www.geoffsobelle.com
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