2000: Eating It

Fall of 2001, Tour: Midwest

Written by Michael Gene Sullivan, Bruce Barthol & Ellen Callas
Music by Jason Sherbundy & Bruce Barthol
Lyrics by Bruce Barthol
Directed by Dan Chumley

EATING IT featured performers Velina Brown, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, Amos Glick,
Ed Holmes, Michael Gene Sullivan, & Victor Toman
and band members Alex Budman, Mark Latimer & Jason Sherbundy

Original playbill missing

View show photos
Poster Design: Spain Rodriguez

It is science fiction satire set in the immediate future. Protagonists Synthia and Isaac Albright are genetic engineers, and creators of Super Corn, a genetically enhanced vegetable. The patent on Super Corn has made them famous and garnered them the full support of a corporation "BobCo". Now Synthia is working on an even more powerful seed, one she hopes will end world hunger, and Isaac knows will make them wealthy. The new seed seems to offer an extraordinary opportunity for good and enormous profit, but before it is to be released at the World Food Conference, Synthia is having second thoughts about its impact on the environment. With protestors in the streets, the President preparing to become "the man who fed the world," and the CEO from BobCo controlling events for his economic advantage, a mysterious Old Man arrives desperate to stop Synthia from releasing Super Corn. Is he some Luddite nut? Or is he really from the future where the world has been ravaged by mutant plants, genetic contamination, and reduced to a barren wasteland? Will Synthia believe him? And why does he look so much like Isaac?

Pre-Production Photo
We found the cure!
Photographer: David Allen
Pictured: (l-r) Victor Toman, Amos Glick

Reviews and Articles:

"...standing ovation from a substantial portion of the six or seven hundred in attendance ..."
SF Chronicle 7/3/2000

"Using farce and melodrama to tackle the big issues raised by genetically modified food..."
Metroactive 7/27/2000

"The San Francisco Mime Troupe has never been a company to shy away from tackling large political questions."
Richmond, Indiana - Press Release 2001

"A thought-provoking and humorous look at the dark specter of market-driven genetic engineering, the play embodies the political wit that has earned the anything but silent Troupe national and international acclaim for more than four decades."
Confluence 2001

Back to the Archives