On Rose's ninth birthday, her mother presents her with a lemon cake shellacked with thick chocolate buttercream icing. Biting into her first piece, she discovers that she has an unwelcome super power: she can taste the feelings of the person who prepared her food. Immersed in the delicate union of sour and sweet, sunshine and cocoa, she tastes a black hole of sadness the color of the bags under her mother's eyes. Her ability continues, meal after meal, and Rose is catapulted into a gastronomical journey as she unwillingly peeks into the inner life of her family and discovers secrets long since buried.
Lemon Cake will be crafted as sensory theatre, which is theatre that you can smell (think arty smell-o-vision), touch and taste as well as see and hear. This theatrical, multimedia and culinary event is a reinvention of Aimee Bender's newest novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.
Your contribution will directly support these emerging artists as well as offset the exorbitant cost of New York rehearsal space and buy the ingredients we will craft into a culinary spectacle. Plus, it will gain you access to a series of exciting donor benefits and the opportunity to stay creatively connected to our process. Help us reach our goal and expand an audience's idea of the possibilities inside their tastebuds!
Reading: April 6-7, Workshop: May 18-27. New York City. Full production: Fall 2012.
Based on the novel by Aimee Bender.
Conceived and Directed by Julia Locascio.
Produced by Kathryn Appleton and Rachel Sussman.
Choreographed by Rachel Sussman.
Scenic Design by Walter Ryon.
Lighting Design by Eric Mercado.
Media Design / Cinematography by Jane Ji.
Special Thanks to Ben Weber and Sam Hough.
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