“Avant Garde is in fact French for the advanced guard, or ‘front lines.’ The Avant Garde changes the boundaries, redraws the map. It’s hard work, dangerous work. It takes commitment combined with reckless sense of abandon to cross into enemy territory. The Celts would send their pregnant women into battle first, because they were the most fearless, and the most frightening. They would careen down the hill, swords swinging, battle cry sounding, the next generation, literally leading the way. The Avant Garde leads the charge. We pave the way. We are the first to arrive and we are the first to die”
-Shihu Shallnotbenamed: Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant: A Snowball’s Chance
Bubeck served as the Rehearsal Stage Manager for Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant. In coordination with production stage manager Jennifer Caster she facilitated and helped to run all New York City rehearsals in preparation for their run at Cleveland Public Theater (Cleveland, Ohio) in December of 2018. She was also able assist with the load in and Tech process at CPT and even filled in for one of the “nurse” roles during the preview performance. (Yes, you do see her in some of the production shots!)
A devised piece: Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant has been performing non-dinner-theater performances (which include theater and dinner) for over 10 years. Lead by Director Cynthia Croot each performer transforms into an Artist in Residence at Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant where the company not only entertains the audience for the evening but also prepares and serves them a 5 course meal.
Photos courtesy of Cleveland Public Theater.