Monday, October 19, 2015

New August Wilson-inspired ice cream flavor to debut at Everyman Theatre during "Fences"

Everyman Theatre is pleased to announce an exciting partnership with Taharka Brothers Ice Cream. The local ice cream producer will be creating an exclusive blend of ice cream entitled “Jumping the Fence,”inspired by Everyman Theatre’s upcoming production of August Wilson’s Fences. The flavor will make its debut at the Theatre prior to a free performance of Fences (part of Free Fall Baltimore) on Tuesday, October 20th

The partnership is one of the first collaborations to emerge from Everyman’s new Community Engagement Initiative. The initiative aims to expand and deepen the Theatre’s existing community-based work and more closely connect the Greater Baltimore community through the work on Everyman’s stage by connecting seemingly unrelated people, partners and events in exciting, innovative ways.

The Taharka Brothers team and Everyman’s Community Engagement Manager Melani Douglass recently visited August Wilson’s home in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, which is also the setting of Fences, to identify authentic sources of inspiration for each ingredient. The full title is “Jumping the Fence! Them Sticks in Craws, a Crow's Rose Done Pricked & the Blowing of the Horn of Gabriel.” The flavor is currently in its final stages of development. Working ingredients include: bittersweet dark chocolate, a splash of gin, waffle cone and blueberries.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled that Everyman is partnering with the Taharka Brothers. Their ice cream is their art and the depth of thought that goes into their flavors mirrors that which is seen on Everyman’s stage. It is my hope that this will be an exciting new way for people to appreciate — and possibly discover for the first time — August Wilson’s masterpiece. To have this be part of Free Fall Baltimore is especially meaningful, as it underscores Everyman’s continued commitment to keeping theatre affordable and accessible to everyone.”
"The team at Taharka Brothers Ice Cream are passionate supporters of the arts, especially art that speaks to the truths of the social and economic challenges that lay at the root of the American experience,” said Darius Wilmore of Taharka Brothers. “Understanding that art can impact and assist in shaping our society leaves us honored and excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the Everyman Theatre in the crafting of a new flavor inspired by one of August Wilson's most celebrated and still timely works.”

Taharka Brothers will be at the Theatre prior to the Free Fall Baltimore performance on Tuesday, October 20th. Audience members at the event will have a chance to sample the new flavor from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The flavor will be available for sale at local restaurants and retail stores throughout October and November, during the run of Fences

Fences will run from October 21 through November 22. Tickets for Fences are now on sale and range in price from $10 to $60. Tickets may be purchased by calling 410.752.2208, visiting www.everymantheatre.org or in person at 315 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. 

Everyman Theatre is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.  An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities.

Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. 

Everyman Theatre is a proud member of the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District.  

Everyman Theatre proudly partners with The Baltimore Sun Media Group and WYPR 88.1-FM as the Season Media Sponsors. Legg Mason is the Production Sponsor and The Afro American Newspaper is the Media Sponsor for the production. 

Everyman Theatre is a professional Equity theatre company celebrating the actor, with a resident company of artists from the Baltimore/DC area.  Founded in 1990 by Vincent Lancisi, the theatre is dedicated to engaging the audience through a shared experience between actor and audience seeking connection and emotional truth in performance.  Everyman is committed to presenting high quality plays that are affordable and accessible to everyone. The theatre strives to engage, inspire, and transform artists, audiences and community through theatre of the highest artistic standards and is committed to embodying the promise of its name, Everyman Theatre. 
Vincent M. Lancisi is the Artistic Director of Everyman Theatre; Jonathan K. Waller is the Managing Director. For information about Everyman Theatre, visit www.everymantheatre.org or call 410.752.2208.

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