THE CONSUMABLES to Run 4/3-8 at College Community Center Theatre

THE CONSUMABLES to Run 4/3-8 at College Community Center Theatre

Academic Theatre at CCBC and the Community Book Connection present "The Consumables," an original work inspired by themes from David Shipler's book, "The Working Poor." Based on actual interviews with workers from the Baltimore area about their experiences working in low- and minimum-wage jobs, the play is the creation of Anthony Bianco, Musical director, Melinda Blomquist, choreographer and Julie Lewis, director. The production features original music performed by local pianist and composer Bianco of Essex, who has been part of the creation process from the beginning.

An ensemble cast of CCBC Essex theatre students and alumni, who conducted the interviews upon which the play is based, appearing in the production are: Brittany Burtis, Tony Hildebrand and Itula "Lene" Oselene of Baltimore, Azariah Coppin of Nottingham, Glen "Carroll" Haupt and Lianna Brizzi of Rosedale and Sarra Lewis, Unique Falcon, Juan Hunter and Samantha Trionfo of Parkville.

"The Consumables" will be performed 8 p.m., April 3, 4, 5; 10 a.m. April 7 and 1 p.m. April 8, College Community Center Theatre, CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Boulevard. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for students, seniors, CCBC faculty and staff. Current CCBC students with IDs are free. For tickets, contact the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-2787 (ARTS), or purchase online at This production contains strong language and scenes of an adult nature and is not suitable for children.

According to Anne Lefter, director of Performing Arts at CCBC, "Through improvisation, physical movement and short written pieces, these real-life stories and observations were shaped into a theatrical experience exploring the world of work and the culture of consumption it supports. By turns funny and heart-wrenching, "The Consumables" asks when we move beyond consuming products and begin to consume the lives of the people who make them."

The Theatre at CCBC Essex is wheel-chair accessible and special accommodations should be made through the Box Office at the time of ticket purchase.

Photo by David Frey

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