Edinburgh Fringe Winner The Devil's Larder to Play NYC in March
On Friday, August 26th, The Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation, in partnership with Performance Space 122, announced at the Scotsman Fringe Awards ceremony at the Assembly Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland that The Devil's Larder is "The Best of Edinburgh." Grid Iron, Scotland's renowned site-specific company, is the creator of this first ever theatrical adaptation.This year, The Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation, creator of The Best of Edinburgh, forged a new strategic partnership with Performance Space 122 (PS 122), for the Foundation's annual award, The Best of Edinburgh. This new partnership will bestow The Devil's Larder with a fully realized New York run from March 1 - 12, 2006 at Performance Space 122.Based on Jim Crace's book of short stories, "The Devil's Larder winds a sinuous path from narrative episode to story-telling, from installation to song, examining how food can act as a catalyst for unleashing our fears, desires and taboos," according to production notes. Tambor, Chairman of the Carol Tambor Foundation stated, "It was a tough decision again this year, we have seen so many wonderful plays. But The Devil's Larder was particularly striking. I saw it very early on in the Festival and it just stayed with me throughout. It's haunting effect is perfect for the neo-Gothic, labyrinthine spaces of PS 122. Site-specific theater is seldom experienced in NY and a great challenge to pull off so successfully." To be eligible for The Best of Edinburgh, the show must be an original work, never seen in the United States, and have received a 4-star or 5-star review from The Scotsman, Scotland's foremost publication. Tambor and members of her Foundation, along with Performance Space 122 Artistic Director Vallejo Gantner, chose the winning production.The Best of Edinburgh builds a bridge between New York City and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. Created by Carol Tambor through her Theatrical Foundation in 2004, the inaugural award winners (Sisters, Such Devoted Sisters and Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Wells) were given a four-day producer's showcase in New York City. This showcase resulted in both shows being picked up for productions in the US and Canada.The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has been ongoing since 1947. Fringe 2005 is currently featuring over 1800 shows in 265 different venues throughout Edinburgh. The 2004 Festival sold more than 1,251,997 tickets to the three-week festival. Edinburgh Festival Fringe has served as a launching pad for the careers of renowned stars such as Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Jude Law and Eddie Izzard as well as renowned playwrights like Tom Stoppard.
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