Food For The Gods
Written and Directed by Nehprii Amenii
December 2-12, 2021
Nafe Katter Theatre
Reservations are required. Audience is limited to UConn ID holders only. 1 ticket per ID per transaction. IDs will be checked at the door.
Food for the Gods is a multimedia performance installation about “human value.” A three-part expression of rage, indifference, and celestial knowing. Inspired by the killings of Black men, this work uses object and puppet performance to explore dehumanization, light, invisibility and well…the magical-less-ness of it all. This production will be performed by an ensemble of student actors.
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour. There is no intermission.
Cast and crew will be wearing masks during the performance.
Patrons are required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.
Unvaccinated patrons are asked to maintain social distancing throughout the performance.
Patrons will be on their feet moving from one space to another throughout the first 35 minutes of the performance. This route is fully accessible. Patrons will be invited to take a seat for the final 25 minutes of the performance. Seating will be provided for patrons with limited mobility.
The monologues and scenes of this play contain language, imagery, and sounds based on historical and contemporary records that depict the tragic and horrific legacy of racialized violence in America. This is an audience immersive production. Performers and patrons will be in close physical proximity to one another and patrons will be guided through close spaces.
There will be a coat rack for your convenience, if you do not want to carry your coat during the performance.
No backpacks, laptops, or briefcases are permitted inside CRT theatres. Only bags smaller than 12" x 6" x 12" will be permitted inside. Patrons with over-sized or prohibited items will be asked to return them to their vehicles or discard them. An exception will be made for medically necessary items. Over-sized and prohibited items are unable to be stored at the theatre.
SAILORS, SERVERS, PUPPETEERS/ Nyree Pajaro, Alyson Doyle, Matteo Villanueva, Anthony Stellitto, Robert Liniak, Eliza Carson, April Lichtman, Andre Chan, Yanniv Frank, Paul Flores, Jim Jiang
SAILOR 1, VOICE OF MADAM COAL BELLY/ Kiera Prusmack
MOTHER/ Zoe Eklund
GIRL/ Casey Wortham
FRANK/ Tony King
FRANK/ Michael Curry
MOTHER, GIRL, SAILOR 1, VOICE OF MADAM COAL BELLY/ Briana B. Dawson
ENSEMBLE/ Abigail Hilditch
ENSEMBLE/ Nick Luberto
Food for the Gods has been presented at Sarah Lawrence College, The University of Cape Town, South Africa, and La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company, NYC.
“…one of the most moving, compelling, provocative, and theatrically inventive theater pieces I've seen…”
-Cassandra Medley, Playwright, Sarah Lawrence College
“Thank you for forcing people’s hearts open... a deeply moving, deeply inspiring, utterly original, surreal, aesthetically enchanting way to handle the pain of police brutality.”
-Jessica Maffia, New York Contemporary Artist
“Nehprii Amenii went through my chest and touched my heart. Brilliant, innovative, exciting new work.”
-Josh Rice, Faculty, Pratt Institute and Artistic Director Shake on the Lake
“Truly an experiential Event!”
-Dan Hurlin, American Puppeteer, Artistic Director Lumberyard Performing Arts
“I haven’t been able to stop thinking and talking about this work since experiencing it.”
-Kathryn Grody, Actress, Writer, Obie Award Winner
“Bold and Courageous Creativity”
-Christine Farrell, Actress, Law & Order