Walking the dog Theater presents
Written and performed by Jessica Cerullo
April 25 at 7:30 pm
in collaboration with Columbia County Bounty:
THE SMALL REVOLUTION EXPO
April 26, 2008 ~ 2:00 pm-6:30 pm ~ Free and open to the public
All events take place at Walking the dog Theater/BASILICA INDUSTRIA
Miracle Tomato & The Small Revolution Expo is the first event of its kind in the region. Walking the dog Theater and Columbia County Bounty will bring together local farms and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), restaurants, green businesses and initiatives, climate change organizations, scholars, activists and artists in the visual arts and theater – all those who are shaping our collective futures in the areas of the arts, food quality, safety and availability and sustainable solutions for home, school, work, agriculture and municipalities.
The SMALL REVOLUTION EXPO, produced by Gianni Ortiz of Columbia County Bounty, will be a dynamic networking, educational and sales opportunity for consumers, farmers, and green organizations and businesses. The inspiration for The Small Revolution Expo is that we already have a wide range of easily do-able solutions that everyone can implement in their home, place of work or school – immediately.
The Expo will have everything from CSA sign ups, renewable/conservable energy, climate change organizations, green burials and carbon offset credit cards to green pets and apartment/home composting and recycling. Gianni Ortiz says:
PRESENTATIONS, LECTURES, AND ROUNDTABLE
The afternoon will also include presentations about several topics including:
ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
During The Small Revolution Expo, Walking the dog Theater will offer children the opportunity to create art inspired by the dialogue between farmers, businesses, and artists. Artists, volunteers and youth will help children create and install art to be exhibited throughout the Small Revolution Expo. The young artists will paint portraits of Expo visitors with their favorite fruit or vegetable.
THE PERFORMANCE OF MIRACLE TOMATO
The day will conclude with a performance of the play MIRACLE TOMATO - written and performed by Jessica Cerullo, featuring local actor Benedicta Bertau, and directed by Ashley Hughes. The play features projections designed by Asli Ayata and photography by David Schulz.
MIRACLE TOMATO is a play for one actress and 303 tomatoes. This original and serious comedy is presented by the character Angelina, a waitress, whose journey across America takes her to Hudson, New York where she will impart the history of the tomato to all who will listen. Angelina, the youngest of triplets birthed in the family tomato plot, reveals not only the history of the controversial fruit/vegetable, but also her own, as she employs the help of her identical sisters Valentina, a bio engineer, and Josephina, a food activist. Music and tomato handlers assist in telling the story.
Is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Why did the tomato appear in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1893? How many slices of pizza does America eat in a second? Where are the tomatoes that taste good? How do we say goodbye to what is lost? And how do we hold on to what is left? In viewing history through the tomato, Angelina takes the audience on a journey that examines vulnerability, appropriation, identity, mass consumption, cultivation, and the changing dynamic of food and family in Angelina’s hometown and in all the towns across the country.
Come see the show that audiences say is as "fresh as a ripe tomato!"
Top 10 Theater Event of 2007 Denver/Boulder, Colorado
MIRACLE TOMATO & THE SMALL EVOLUTION EXPO
All events take place at Walking the dog Theater/BASILICA INDUSTRIA 110 South Front Street, Hudson, New York.
Friday, April 25th 7:30 MIRACLE TOMATO a traveling story of love, bioengineering and the search for home. Tickets: $20
Saturday, April 26th
Buy Tickets Online Now! Tickets are now available from April 1 atSpotty Dog Books & Ale and at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.
A full list of Exhibitors and Sponsors and Links to their websites may be found below.
Miracle Tomato & The Small Revolution Expo is produced by Walking the dog Theater in collaboration with Columbia County Bounty, both of which will be beneficiaries of a portion of the proceeds of the fundraiser. The Small Revolution Expo is supported by Columbia County Council on the Arts and Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. Miracle Tomato’s performances are made possible by a donation from Liz Neumark and Chaim Wachsberger through the Columbia County Council on the Arts.
The Miracle of a Small Revolution: How Miracle Tomato & The Small Revolution Expo came about.
Miracle Tomato & The Small Revolution Expo was created by artists of Walking the dog Theater, Jessica Cerullo (Miracle Tomato’s playwright and actor), and Gianni Ortiz who served as the liaison to the local farming, food and greener living community.
Benedicta Bertau, Producing Artistic Director of Walking the dog Theater:
Brooklyn based writer and performer, Cerullo, has been traveling and performing her show in the United States over the last year. Hudson audiences saw her as Kate in WTD's celebrated production of Taming of the Shrew last fall.
“While performing in Shrew I met so many farmers and small business owners who were working daily to make a difference in how and what we eat. I was inspired by the meals I ate and the wonderful people I met," Cerullo says and she began working with WTD and CCB to create a special event for Columbia County encompassing two of the most basic elements of a good life, food and art.
Gianni Ortiz, Producer of the Small Revolution Expo, says:
Representing Columbia County Bounty’s mission, Gianni Ortiz adds:
On the heels of Earth Day, join us to celebrate our region, and the people and places that make it worth living here!
Organizations and Individuals:
Walking the dog Theater is a professional theater company based in Columbia County, and at home at Basilica Industria in Hudson. The company exists for the purpose of creating theater events that inspire, entertain, and build community. Vital aspects of this purpose include: engaging children, youth, and adults in their own creative potential, stimulating artistic life in underserved areas, supporting the work and growth of professional artists, and staging William Shakespeare's plays. Walking the dog Theater is dedicated to enriching the lives of residents and visitors of Columbia County and to creating a growing community that brings together all those who contribute to the quality of life of Columbia County and the Hudson Valley.
Columbia County Bounty is an organization dedicatedto supportinglocal agriculture and nurturing a strong, sustainable rural economy and everything that involves.We are truly blessed to be living in this part of the Hudson River Valley, with its abundant cultural and natural resources. Among our greatest treasures is the tremendous brain trust of our progressive and experienced farming community who daily cultivate and protect the gorgeous, fertile hills that we call home. The Expo will be a great opportunity for neighbors to meet and learn from our farmers, learn about this beautiful place we live in and to strengthen our collective sense of community. www.columbiacountybounty.com
Jessica Cerullo is a New York based performer, writer and teacher. She is a board member and Managing Director for MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association. Her play, Miracle Tomato, premiered at P.S. 122 as part of the soloNOVA Festival and has performed to sold out audiences. It was voted top ten play of the year in Denver, Colorado in 2007 and continues to tour in the United States.
Jessica’s work has been part of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange First Weekend Series and she has been the artist in residence at the Tin Shop in Breckenridge, Colorado. A former member of the Stanislavsky Theater Studio in Washington, DC and the Flock Theater in New London, Connecticut Jessica has created experimental works with The Actors' Ensemble in New York and has performed in regional theaters such as the Folger Theater, Horizons Theater and Walking the dog Theater at New York's Stage Works. She is on the faculty of MICHA and has been a guest artist at Universities and training programs in the U.S. and abroad. www.JessicaCerullo.com
Craig Holdrege is the director of The Nature Institute in Ghent, New York. He is keenly interested in the interconnected nature of things and carries out holistic studies of plants and animals.
Craig also critically examines new developments in genetics and biotechnology from a contextual perspective. His newest book, co-authored with his Nature Institute colleague Steve Tabott, is entitled /Beyond Biotechnology: The Barren Promise of Genetic Engineering. /He is also the of /The Giraffe’s Long Neck: From Evolutionary Fable to Whole Organism /and /Genetics and the Manipulation of Life: The Forgotten Factor of Context. www.natureinstitute.org
Gianni Ortiz, Principal Broker of Gianni Ortiz Real Estate. Gianni’s professional background is quite broad, ranging from Couturier to television production, and she brings that skill set to all of her undertakings. She has been passionately involved with food quality and integrity issues for 30 years in many professional capacities – teaching, cooking, writing and natural product formulation for people and companion animals. She is a life-long political, environmental and social justice activist and has worked with many non-profit organizations across the country. Some of her current efforts are The Green Towns Initiative in collaboration with Global Green and the 11th Hour Action Team as well as being a member of the Columbia County Bounty steering committee.
Columbia County Bounty
Sustainable Hudson Valley
Regional Farm and Food Project
Hawthorne Valley Farm
Farmscape Ecology Program
Columbia Land Trust
Grazin' Angus Acres
11th Hour Action
The Nature Institute
Citi Smith Barney
North American Devon Association
The Sylvia Center
The Valley Table
Solaqua Power & Art
Fuel Freedom International