The Zuppa Circus Open Theatre Kitchen

Story

A wild theatrical feast, Open Theatre Kitchen is part comedy, part creation myth, part tragedy, part cooking show. It is the story of two chefs who live alone in a kitchen in a desert.  Desperate to combat their loneliness, they cook up the recipe of recipes, the flavour of all flavours… which takes the form of a son.

The delight of parenthood soon gives way to panic when the Boy encounters the Onion: a monstrous, prophetic, transformative force of nature lurking in the root cellar. It possesses him and forces a revolution of imagination, possibility and rock n’ roll in the hitherto dreary landscape.

The Zuppa Circus Open Theatre Kitchen is a story about going and returning, the creation and the flavour of the world.  It was the sixth and final Summer Theatre Extravaganva and played in parks all over Halifax.  Since the intitial outdoor run it has travelled to indoor theatres in Canada and the United States under the title It All Looks Different in the Dark.

Nominated for a Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Award for
Outstanding Sound Design or Original Score – David Christensen

Praise for Open Theatre Kitchen:

“Startling, surreal and somewhat inscrutable, told in riddles and parables, visually provocative and comic, [Open Theatre Kitchen] is an exciting experience.”
-The Chronicle Herald

“Exotic and surprising… Innovative and entertaining.”
-The Coast

“The performance is beautiful, hilarious, and full of fantastic visual, musical, and theatrical surprises. The company strikes a perfect balance between lightness and poignancy, creating an experience that is alive with a sense of wonderment. Our audience was enthralled, and loved staying after the show to enjoy the delicious soup!”
-Jennifer Johnson, Artistic Director, Charlestown Working Theatre

“Zuppa Circus does things that haven’t been done before. Its Open Theatre Kitchen: It All Looks Different in the Dark was weird, wonderful, entertaining and enigmatic. It’s exciting to have such an innovative company in the city.”
– Kate Watson, The Coast, End of Year Issue, 2006

Company

The Zuppa Circus Open Theatre Kitchen
The Son: Ben Stone
The Mother: Susan Leblanc-Crawford
The Father: Kiersten Tough

Created by: Zuppa Circus Theatre
Director/Lighting Designer: Alex McLean
Writer: Robert Plowman and the ensemble
Composer: David Christensen
Costume Designer: Leesa Hamilton
Set Designer: Corey Mullins
Additional Set Construction: Howard Beye
Dramaturge: Bruce Barton

Workshop Version
Created by Sandy Gribbin, Susan Leblanc-Crawford, Robert Plowman, Alex McLean, Ben Stone
The Son: Ben Stone
The Mother: Susan Leblanc-Crawford
The Father: Sandy Gribbin
The Soup: vegetable broth, olive oil, onion, carrots, zucchini, oregano, thyme
Writer: Robert Plowman, Kiersten Tough, the ensemble
Composer: David Christensen
Director: Alex McLean
Set Designer/Carpenter: Corey Mullins
Production Assistants: Katie Swift and Kiersten Tough

Schedule

There are no current of upcoming productions of The Zuppa Circus Open Theatre Kitchen

Past Productions:

  • Summer 2006: toured Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Ontario, with performances in Vancouver BC, Highland Lake NY, and Boston MA.
  • 2005: Halifax Workshop Tour
  • Friday, July 15 – Summit Place Amphitheatre – Halifax Waterfront
    Saturday, July 16 – Summit place
    Sunday, July 17 – Summit Place
    Tuesday, July 19 -Needham Park – Novalea Drive
    Wednesday, July 20 -Fisherman’s Cove – Eastern Passage
    Thursday, July 21 – Saint Mary’s Boat Club – South End Halifax
    Friday, July 22 – Summit Place Amphitheatre – Halifax Waterfront
    Saturday, July 23 – Summit Place
    Sunday, July 24 – Summit Place
    Tuesday, July 26 – Needham Park – Novalea Drive
    Wednesday, July 27 – Fisherman’s Cove – Eastern Passage
    Thursday, July 28 – Sullivan’s Pond -Dartmouth
    Friday, July 29 – Dewolf Park – Bedford
    Saturday, July 30 – Mosher River Stone Soup Festival **2:00pm

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