The Perelman Theater at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe will present the U.S. premiere and the only American showing of Food Court, a production by Back to Back Theatre from Geelong, Australia. Back to Back has a 23-year history of creating works by and for an ensemble of actors perceived to have intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism. *Food Court *follows one woman as she is verbally tormented, humiliated, and physically assaulted by others. The piece is a meditation and exploration of power and torment that examines questions, conceptions, and prejudices surrounding difference in our society. The original score is performed live by Australian experimental jazz band The Necks. Artistic Director Bruce Gladwin and Back to Back cast members will participate in pre- and post-show public discussions about their process as a group of performers with disabilities. They will also conduct a two-hour workshop during the festival with a small group of members of the Philadelphia theater community who live and perform with a variety of disabilities.
Pictured: Nicki Holland, Rita Halabarec. Photo by Jeff Busby.