La MaMa E.T.C. presents the world premier of Food for Thought, a new piece by Kim Ima and Onni Johnson. This interactive theatrical event features live music, actors, special guest performers and...food.
In the setting of the Club at La MaMa, the audience is invited to join the company in their world of yearnings, culinary and otherwise. Don't be surprised if you are asked to sample some food. Don't be surprised if you ask for more. Chances are they will happily oblige. The "Food for Thought" company is an eclectic mix of performers and musicians who all share a love of food and a curiosity for what each member brings to the table. At each performance, the audience will be able to sample the food, including some that is cooked during the show. On some nights, molé will be served. On others, guest cooks decide the menu.
An eager woman in a bubushka from an imagined land tries to please the crowd with a cookie. Another teaches us all the finer points of eating an apple. A Croatian man paints a picture of what he would show us of his village if he could. Music and the smell of cooking food bring the audience and company together for the ending celebration and tasting.
The piece was created by the company of performers: Carla Bosnjak, Slavko Bosnjak, Kim Ima, Onni Johnson and Chris Wild. The special guests include: the wonderful clown, Kendall Cornell who performs a flamenco act, Alfonso Cid, of the group Gazpacho Andalu, who will perform for four of the performances, Slavko Bosnjak and his Croatian fusion band appear at every performance and other musical guests will be featured over the course of the run.