A view to a grill

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

If you’re stum­bling through life and feel­ing a per­vad­ing pang of hunger in your heart, chances are you’ve been ig­nor­ing the one thing that can fill that void and set you on the path to joy and to­tal fulfillment: a Hu­mon­goid Burger — five pounds of beef made from “the brawni­est an­i­mals at the slaugh­ter­ing house,” sold by the world’s largest fast-food com­pany, Yumwell Foods.

Or so play­wright/di­rec­tor and Col­lege of Santa Fe se­nior Jeremy Mo­ran imag­ines in his new play, Bucket of Smiles, which he presents with co-pro­ducer Rose Puett at 11 p.m. on Satur­day and Sun­day, May 1 and 2, at The Screen (CSF cam­pus, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, 473-6494).

Mo­ran’s eight-mem­ber cast delivers a fast-paced satir­i­cal slant on the twisted stran­gle­hold that the fast-food in­dus­try has on our chil­dren and ex­poses the neg­a­tive in­flu­ence of calo­rie-packed con­ve­nience-food cul­ture on our lives and re­la­tion­ships. As Mo­ran’s char­ac­ters try to break free from that all-beef-bondage-on-a-sesame-seed-bun, they re­al­ize it may be too late and too dif­fi­cult to put their French-fried pasts be­hind them. Man, what a pickle. Both per­for­mances of Bucket of Smiles are free.

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