Remember the 90’s? We were all so much more happy-go-lucky back then with the economy NOT MELTING DOWN and such. Only the biggest foreign policy wonks had heard of Al Qaeda, and that was because of the war in Kosovo. But there were interesting protest politics going on even then. It was during the late 1990’s that I first heard the phrase biopiracy and the woman talking about it was Vandana Shiva, a food and human rights activist from India. Shiva and others like her have been calling out Monsanto and other US multinationals for years over issues about patenting Indian plants like Neem and Basmati Rice. there was also widespread concern about Monsanto’s re-engineering of the genes in common agricultural products such as rice and tomatoes. So it was in the 1990’s that an intrepid group of troublemakers called the Biotic Baking Brigade staged a pie attack on Monsanto’s CEO Robert Shapiro to protest genetically engineered foodstuffs.
So in the 1990’s, I wrote a play about the attack. I gave it the title A GOOD DAY 2 PIE because that seemed in the anarchic spirit of the Bakers, and it harkens back to the struggles of the Lakota and other native people against the White men taking their land. It’s about taking on an uphill task at the point of personal hardship or even death. I wrote the play for a charity event where I owed the highest bidder a one-person show. A very talented actress named Rebecca took the play, toured it for several years, and then (because the gas went out of the leftist play movement–“If we produce your play, the terrorists win“) we didn’t get gigs and we all moved on.
Then there was this crazy thing happening at Zuccotti Park last year. You may have heard of it. And a wonderful young actress and dancer named Kathleen Stansell read my play, thought it was a lot of fun and decided we should, you know, perform it places. Kathleen has this thing about Maypoles, too.
So… ummm… Gosh. We’d really like to bring this play out to your theatre/bar mitzvah/ covered dish event. We think it has a lot to say about the commandeering of the food supply. And (timing being everything), our revival of the play just happens to coincide with… well:
Synopsis: This is a play about the young activist facing jail time for the Pie Attack on the CEO of Monsanto. During the play, she explains what is happening to the food supply and why she took action. Lots of allusions to magic, card tricks, science, dirt, bugs, rice, beans, and pie.