Tricks and treats for your tastebuds

A unique blindfolded multi-sensory dining performance

Two nights only, October 29th and 30th, 2016: One Trunk Theatre, is teaming up with renowned Winnipeg Chef Ben Kramer and Calgary’s innovative theatre company Ghost River Theatre to create an unique blindfolded sensory dining performance, TASTE WINNIPEG.  Audience members will be blindfolded and guided into the venue where they will be seated in groups of 5-6 at a table with one performer. The intimate performance/tasting experience will weave the imaginary with the sensory, tantalizing audience members with a unique story based on the secret tasting menu being specifically crafted for this event by Chef Kramer.

Originally devised for the 2015 Beakerhead in Calgary in collaboration with the River Café and Vertical City Performance, Ghost River Theatre Artistic Director Eric Rose brings this one-of-a-kind experience to the centre of the continent: Winnipeg, home of some of the country’s most inventive chefs, and an exploding, endlessly creative culinary scene.

At the heart of this movement Chef Kramer perches, focused on locally sourced and high quality ingredients. Kramer is a chef behind a number of unique food experiences from farm-to-table dinners situated at the farms themselves, to RAW Almond, Table for 1200 and is the annual caterer for the slew of Winnipeg Folk Fest Artists.

This is a unique one-of-a-kind performance experience, aimed to delight and engage the audience’s sense of taste.

Saturday October 29th 1:00PM seating (Preview) General Tickets $100, Artist/30 and Under pricing $80
Saturday October 29th 8:30PM seating General Tickets $125, Artist/30 and Under pricing $80
Sunday October 30th 7:30PM seating General Tickets $125, Artist/30 and Under pricing $80

Tickets on sale now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2600338

Now meet your performers for the evening. They will each host a table of 6 audience members.


Jason Hooper is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg Honours Playwrighting Program (2009). He’s been a puppeteer for The Watch & Spectacle Puppet Company (The Clock in the Lobby, The Aethernomicon). He was last seen on stage in One Trunk Theatre’s production of “Puberty; A memoir! and collaborated with the company as a playwright on their Strindbergh Fest production of The Big Gravel Sifter. He currently works as the Artistic Director at the West End Cultural Centre.


Leigh Anne Parry is a performance/media artist. Her recent projects incorporate direction, computation, electronics, sound and performance installation. She has worked and trained as a Film and Theatre Director/Maker, Stage Manager, Sound and Lighting Technician, Performer, and Writer. Some credits include From the Seat of a Canoe [Coordinator/Curator/Media Artist/Film Editor], Flying Pigeon Dream [Media Artist/Filmmaker/Collaborator], No Exit directed by Tom Stroud [Performer/Collaborator], WCD’s Schema by Peggy Baker [Sound and Lighting Technician], My First Bike Ride [Performer/Co-creator with Delf Gravert], Adhere and Deny’s Trumpets and Raspberries and The Bedbug [Assistant Director to Grant Guy], Third Jerzy’s The Good Hustle [Performer/Co-creator with Megan Sekiya], Young Lung’s production of Red Socket Spine [Performer/Collaborator], MTC’s August Osage County [Apprentice Director to Ann Hodges], and Ian Mozdzen and Coral Maloney’s WEproteSTern [Lighting and Sound Technician].


Chris Sabel studied theatre at The University of Winnipeg and is a graduate of Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts, with a major in film. As an actor, he toured the province of Manitoba in MTYP’s production of Night Light and has spent the last decade performing with many of Winnipeg’s independent theatre companies including Adhere and Deny, Tom Tom Theatre, Avera Theatre, Echo Theatre, and Bravura Theatre. He was also a founding member of Der Geist Theatre, whose production of The Sound of Your Eyes Closing was produced at the 2010 Nuna (now) festival. In collaboration with Danish playwright/director Lenemarie Olsen, Der Geist’s production of Rabies premiered in Winnipeg and was subsequently produced in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Claire Therese is thrilled to be back in the room with One Trunk Theatre!  Other OTT credits include: I Dream of Diesel andMission Potluck.  Claire balances her time between staying on top of the veggies in her garden, facilitating community programming, playing music in her sister’s basement, riding her new BMX, spending time with her nieces and nephews, and hitting the road whenever possible.  This year Claire will be taking the lead on Embargo, a new devised project with One Trunk.


Liam Zarrillo is an artist, poet and lifelong student, constantly inspired by the compelling art found in his hometown of Winnipeg, MB.  He is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg Honors Directing program and has worked alongside some of his greatest mentors on several stage productions including Mission: Munschpossible!, The December Man (PTE), Iceland (TPM), Danny, King of the Basement (MTYP), No Exit (Company Link) and The Laramie Project (U of W). This coming season, he is looking forward to working as Apprentice Director on Kill Me Now (RMTC) and performing in the show Taste (One Trunk Theatre/Ghost River Theatre). Liam is a co-founding member of local theatre company Make/Shift Theatre, having a hand in the creation, production and performance of the shows Quickies with Chekhov, The Samovar, The Way We Felt: Searching for Remy and Lantern Town. Liam is an avid member of the Theatre Projects Manitoba community and is so thrilled to see Make/Shift return as their Company in Residence.

Drawing by Gabrielle Funk                                                                                          Photos from Taste by Chris Malloy