Community Programs

Free Range Thanksgiving 2014

We're Back! Food // Art // Change

 

We began hosting this community performance feast in 2006 with the Thanksgiving-week plays of Suzan-Lori Parks from her 365 Plays/365 Days project. For the next four years, we brought together 100 theatre artists, food activists and social justice organizers, farmers and friends to share a meal of food grown by local farmers and perform the short plays written by local writers commissioned for the event. After a hiatus of five years and many requests for its return, Free Range is back to celebrate what we make together and apart.

 

St. Mark’s Church, Parish Hall   NYC

 

Theatre

YOUR HOST IS DYING  (Dedicated to José)
Written & directed by
Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas
Performed by Table One
GRACE
Written by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Eric Powell Holm
Performed by Table Six
UNTITLED FREE RANGE
THANKSGIVING PLAY
Written by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Meiyin Wang
Performed by Table Two
WHEN SHE CLOSES HER EYES
Written by Lisa Ramirez
Directed by David Mendizábal
Performed by Table Seven
TEATRO ORGANICO
Written by Virginia Grise
Directed by Dustin Wills
Performed by Table Three
ON A HIGH WIRE HIGH UP IN THE AIR (PARIS)
Written by Kate Benson
Directed by Ralph Peña
Performed by Table Eight
STAR WHALE
Written by Gideon Irving
Directed by Josh Gelb
Performed by Table Four
 MESSAGES
Written by Martyna Majok
Directed by Mallory Catlett
Performed by Table Nine
MOVES ON THE MOON
Written by Beto O’Byrne
Directed by Kristin Marting
Performed by Table Five
TO MADELEINE ON HER EIGHTEENTH BIRTHDAY
Written by Lauren Yee
Directed by David Herskovits
Performed by Table Ten

 

The Menu

Food Grown and harvested by
Golden Earthworm Organic FarmJamesport, NY
Brooklyn Grange FarmRooftops in Brooklyn & Queens, NYC
Ronnybrook Farm DairyAncramdale, NY

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Prepared by
Chef Aaron Unger, Night Kitchen Catering
Sous Chef:  Megan Kiolbasa 

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ACT ONE
Cusp of Winter Salad: 
Watermelon Radish, Butter, Sea Salt, Carrots, Raisin, Golden Beet, Collards
Fall Trio:  
Rutabaga Pomegranate Velouté, Squash Bahiji, Cinderella Pumpkin, Shitake

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Performances
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ACT TWO
Romanesco-Cauliflower Kebap: 
Shirin Polo, Celeraic, Puy Lentil, Cauliflower, Romanesco, Parmagiano-Chard Broth

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Performances
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EPILOGUE  
Eat Your Vegetables or No Dessert
Parsnip Cake, Maple Mascarpone, Pecan Croquant, Candied Fennel, Carrot Sorbet
Bergamot Crème Renversée with Charred Grapefruit Suprémes
Deep Dark Pitch Black Brownies

 

 

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