“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is strength, in water there is bacteria.”—A quote often misattributed to Benjamin Franklin, but with no clear source as far as my half-assed Googling can discern.
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”—Also misattributed to Mr. Franklin.
“Beer & theatre are a match made in heaven.”—I said that. Just now.
No matter who said which when, I firmly believe that all three of those quotes are true. And if you like your theatre fun, educational (in the best of ways, because it’s about something awesome: beer), and interactive—or, as they like to say, “drinkeractive”—you should check out one of Wish Experience‘s upcoming performances of A Brief History of Beer.
I sat down for a post-show drink with the shows creators & performers, William Glenn and Trish Parry, after the first show in their year-long monthly residency at UNDER St. Marks; listen in as Will & Trish discuss becoming unwitting beer judges, knowing where your beer comes from, Peter Brook’s idea of “deadly theatre” (you didn’t think this was all about alcohol, did you?), and the “secret mission” of their show.
“Beer is the drumbeat of life.”
“That’s it…in all of our veins, the rivers of Babylon flow. These ancient waters flow in all of our veins, and that’s what’s in this glass…”
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Wish Experience & Horse Trade Theatre Group present
A Brief History of Beer
written & performed by William Glenn & Trish Parry
directed by Jeffrey Mayhew
the last Sunday of every month
thru August 2015
UNDER St. Marks
94 St. Marks Place
tickets: $18, available via the Horse Trade website
above photo by Alexandra Piprek
photos by Richard Winpenny