Play With Your Food

Play with your Food is a program that presents readings of short plays alongside a Buffet lunch at noon. It’s a simple concept that has become very popular. The upcoming Jan. 18 and 19 presentations are already sold out, so this is a heads up for the next one in March. All of the productions take place at the Greenwich Arts Center on 299 Greenwich Ave. Tickets are $43 and if I were you I would book tickets way ahead of time if you want to secure a spot. For more information you can log onto Greenwicharts.org. And for all you aspiring playwrights out there, The Play with Your Food directors are always on the lookout for new material. To learn more about submissions log onto the following website Jibproductions.org.

Small theatrical productions can easily be overlooked and yet they hold the seeds of greatness within them. All great theatrical productions from Andrew Lloyd Webber to Cirque du Soleil started small, far smaller than many of us would imagine. Take the story of Guy Laliberté, founder and creator of Cirque du Soleil…

Born to a large middle-class family in Quebec City, Canada, Guy Laliberté left home at eighteen to hitchhike across Europe working as a street performer. During the course of his travels, although lean of cash, Laliberté became rich in experience. He met many other sidewalk showmen along the cobble-stoned alleyways around the major tourist attractions. He lived hand-to-mouth, and learned the art of fire-breathing and stilt-walking, working for small change to pay for the basics. Upon his return to Montreal, he began organizing parties and street festivals out of a youth hostel. Then in 1984, at age 24, he landed a contract from the Quebec government to stage a street show for Quebec’s 450th anniversary celebration. Although the event only returned a modest $40,000 in profit, Laliberté was already planning the next event. Even without funds, his unfailing drive to succeed prompted him to continue. Today, Laliberté is one of the biggest entertainment impresarios in the world as sole proprietor of Cirque du Soleil. Over 30 million people worldwide have seen these shows… proof that just because you start small doesn’t mean you can’t finish big!

That is why I feel it’s so important to believe in and support small productions like “Play with Your Food” and others of its kind. Not because all small plays are misunderstood works of genius, because they are not. And not because we hope to unearth the next ‘big thing’… but because works of art should not be judged by their budget or the venue in which they are performed. A true masterpiece stands on its own two feet, it has its own identity and does not seek our approval… the Mona Lisa would remain one of art’s greatest enigmas whether we stood in line to watch her or not…we are the ones who would miss out if we did not give each and every work of art a chance to survive.

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