‘Culinary Throwdown’ Planned for Off-Off-Broadway Show



Lured by the image, hm? All right, here’s full disclosure: This post isn’t about Bobby Flay, although it is about a serious throwdown. But work with me — it’ll be worth your time and tummy.

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This Thursday evening, Aug. 6, don’t eat. Eat breakfast, lunch or a snack, but the around the dinner hours, skip it. Just skip it. Just hold yourself and your stomach in abeyance. Resist the urge to do the opposite of purge. And go see Michael Rudez’s On the Way Down, which is being mounted by Ashberry Productions for a short run (through Aug. 9) at the Access Theatre.

On that night, Aug. 6, after the show, and in tandem with Michael Roderick’s seriously cool Small Pond Entertainment, there’s this fabulous postshow event:

Following the Thurs., Aug. 6 performance of On the Way Down, Small Pond Entertainment and Ashberry Productions are presenting the On the Way Down throwdown.”

Theater companies and other individuals will prepare an appetizer or dessert dish that will be sampled by both the audience and special celebrity judges representing the theater and culinary communities. There will be an Audience Choice Award declared by the tasters, and a Grand Jury prize delivered by our special guest judges.

The lineup so far includes:
Ashberry Productions
Rebellious Subjects
Hip Obscurity

Judges confirmed are:
Elizabeth Hodes (Food Network Ice Age Cake Challenge; owner, Elizabeth Hodes Custom Cakes and Sugar Art)
Paul Schultz (Former food editor for the NY Daily News)
Paul Capone ( Professional chef running an NYC Catering Service)

Location: Access Theater, 380 Broadway (@ White St.), 4th fl; 215-260-0112. Show begins at 8PM. The food competition begins at 9:45 pm.

If you buy a ticket to On the Way Down, the cost of the throwdown is a one-drink minimum (beers start at $3/bottle).
Bring your program from another night for free admission to the throwdown (and one-drink minimum).
If you only come to see the throwdown, it’s $5 at the door (and one-drink minimum)

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/71137. For a group of six or more, tickets are discounted to $10/person at the door. Email steventoddsmith@gmail.com for more information.

Info for the show:

On the Way Down
A new play by Michael Rudez

It’s a summer’s afternoon and all eight million New Yorkers have invaded the Hamptons for the weekend. Why everyone has come remains a mystery, but what is clear is that the situation is becoming too much for three of them to handle. Since graduation from college, Josie, Browning and Stevenson have made the Hamptons their sanctuary. With this now under attack combined with the mounting fear that Josie’s husband and children are later than expected create a turbulent atmosphere in which one of them pushes the envelope too far and the audience is left asking: “how far is too far to go to save someone’s sanity”?

With Lindsay Wolf, Steven Todd Smith, Rocco Chierichella