While Rats Eat Pie
Audiences were invited to dine at the home of a respected war correspondent. They enjoyed pasta, wine and pie with friends as their host struggled to maintain his hold on reality. As they ate with their host they descended into a world of traumatic memories, hopeless love, and an endless supply of reality television trivia. Toasting to peace with Yugoslav liquor, dreaming of Bon Jovi, and dining on humanitarian aid inspired appetizers, the evening immersed audiences in a world that was both darkly funny and unsettling.
While Rats Eat Pie explores the effects the breakup of Yugoslavia had on the journalists who covered the war. The immersive dinner performance confronts contemporary issues of PTSD treatment, Western intervention, and our propensity for escapism. Audiences were incouraged to bring their own wine and break bread with new friends as the performer cooked and ate for them.
The intimate performance sat only 13 spectators per show around the table.