In the Spotlight
Yew's multi-sensory puppetry performance now playing
Are They Edible?, developed and produced by Theatre Arts lecturer Jeanette Yew is a multi-sensory puppetry performance inspired by Homer’s epics the Iliad and the Odyssey and takes place in an interactive setting in which food consumption is used as a way to engage the audience in a tactile discourse on the relationship between war, heroes, and hunger (or the urge to consume).
Throughout the piece the audience is given the perspective of the gods, with a birds-eye view of the scope of atrocities, and with the eerie sense that this is all constructed for their enjoyment and available for their consumption or manipulation. Upon entrance, guests are greeted with a glass of wine and a ‘tiny fork,’ and move about the theatre to see the action unfold. Guests eat and drink throughout the show, and performers tell the audience what to do (“Take one and pass!”).
The show was performed to sold out houses at La MaMa, and Yew received a grant from the Queens Arts Council to add additional shows on Dec 13 and Dec 14 at 8 pm at The Flux Factory in Long Island City, Queens. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/516394.