Theater That Feeds

07.20.12 Andy Cush

The Last Night of Service at Chez Gourmet, a forthcoming interactive theater piece set in a restaurant, operates on an unusual premise: audience members will be able to enjoy the same food that’s served to the characters.

“We all know that dance that exists when you’re coming into a restaurant–you have the waiter, and you have what’s happening in the kitchen,” says choreographer Celia Rowlson-Hall in the project’s Kickstarter video. “And so bringing this into a theatrical light, where you actually get to share an experience with the performer instead of just watching, is going to be different and fun and unexpected.”

The interactive, immersive theater idea has worked to great success in the past, a la Macbeth-in-a-hotel gothfest Sleep No More and A Midsummer Night’s Dream-as-roller-rink-disco extravaganza The Donkey Show, but this is the first time we’ve seen a production that actually feeds its audience. If that sounds like a tasty idea, get out your wallet–The Last Night of Service at Chez Gourmet has raised just $615 of its $20,000 Kickstarter goal thus far, with 29 days of funding to go.