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Feast for the Senses in Austin: Unravel the Theatrical Tapestry of Geoff Sobelle’s “FOOD”

Immerse yourself in culinary absurdity at this playful performance exploring the evolution of human consumption

“FOOD” by Geoff Sobelle (photo by Maria Baranova)

This February, you’re invited to an intimate dinner party at the esteemed McCullough Theatre — but don’t expect to leave full. This immersive performance from celebrated theater artist Geoff Sobelle, and hosted by Texas Performing Arts, will instead take guests on a journey to better understand their relationship with food and the insatiable evolution of human consumption.

“FOOD” is the third work in a trilogy by Geoffe Sobelle, joining “The Object Lesson” (2013) and “HOME” (2017) as a platform for the artist to explore the relationships people form to familiar places and things around them. 

A show full of surprises

Scratching the surface, the comical one-man show is full of surprises, on-brand with the actor’s usual absurdist method of storytelling. Draped in white linens, the stage is transformed into a large dinner table where the audience is encouraged to become active participants, engaging with Geoffe Sobelle and one another to create a completely unique experience from each performance. Co-created with magician Steve Cuiffo, multi sensory illusions are used to trick the mind as lighting, props and sounds transport you to a bustling diner, an Arctic tundra — even the beginning of time itself. 

Geoff Sobelle (photo by Maria Baranova)

Exploring the evolution of food and our relationship to it

Through curiosity, laughter, palpable silences and microphones served à la carte, the evening becomes a rare time to reflect. Why do we choose to eat the things we do? How has food production changed with modern day conveniences? Beyond survival, how has our relationship to food varied from uninhibited consumption to preferential taste? In order to dig deeper, you just have to become part of the show.

Presented by Texas Performing Arts and Fusebox, Geoff Sobelle’s playful production will make its Texas debut from February 1 – 4. Visit their website for more information.