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Broadway's Network Announces Exclusive Onstage Culinary Experience Foodwork

Bryan Cranston stars in this adaptation of the 1976 Paddy Chayefsky film.

Bryan Cranston stars in Broadway's Network.
Bryan Cranston stars in Broadway's Network.
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The producers of Broadway's Network have announced plans for announce Foodwork, an exclusive immersive onstage culinary experience at the Belasco Theatre.

Curated by former White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses, Foodwork is described as Network's own fine-dining restaurant. Foodwork ticket buyers will be escorted into a private entrance of the Belasco Theatre and have the opportunity to explore the stage as the actors prepare around them. They will enjoy a four-course meal and cocktails throughout the evening, with the play's action surrounding them onstage.

Bill Yosses is the chef and owner of Perfect Pie, an artisanal caterer and bakery in New York City. He previously held the title of White House Executive Pastry Chef for seven years. As pastry chef of the White House he planned desserts for the first family and their guests from breakfast meetings to state dinners, over the span of the Bush and Obama administrations. Recently, Yosses provided the food for the Tooting Arts Club's off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd.

Based on the 1976 Paddy Chayefsky film, Network ran at London's National Theatre November 2017-March 2018 under the direction of Ivo van Hove. The production stars Bryan Cranston, Tatiana Maslany, and Tony Goldwyn, and the company also includes Joshua Boone, Alyssa Bresnahan, Ron Canada, Julian Elijah Martinez, Frank Wood, Nick Wyman, Barzin Akhavan, Jason Babinsky, Camila Canó Flaviá, Eric Chayefsky, Gina Daniels, Nicholas Guest, Joe Paulik, Susannah Perkins, Victoria Sendra, Henry Stram, Bill Timoney, Joseph Varca, Nicole Villamil, and Jeena Yi.

Network is described as follows: "Howard Beale, news anchorman, isn't pulling in the viewers. In his final broadcast he unravels live on screen. But when the ratings soar, the network seize on their newfound populist prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV. Network depicts a dystopian media landscape where opinion trumps fact."

The production will have scenic and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D'Huys, video design by Tal Yarden, and music and sound by Eric Sleichim.