|Corn Bread & Feta Cheese: Growing up FAT & Albanian
| Open: 09/12/07 Close: 11/24/07
Rocky from the Bronx Productions brings back the critically acclaimed show. Who exactly are Albanians and what does their culture look like to the outsider? Join Elza as she unravels the mysteries of the oldest people living in the Balkans. So old, they speak a language with no known root! Follow her story, that of a fiery, outspoken eldest daughter of four girls who grows up in a strict Albanian household where women's contributions are not only frowned upon, but practically non-existent. While coming of age, Elza must grapple with many other obstacles including body image issues, acne, bad 8o's music, mullets and having to hide shot guns in your underwear for special occasions.
Follow Elza as she zig zags around the world (New York, LA, Montenegro, Miami, Albania) trying to escape her reality and establish her own identity amidst the restraints of her culture, finally discovering her own unique voice in a surprising place; the life and words of her great aunt back in Albania half a century ago. Elza's journey is that of a young woman held hostage by the past who tries to carve out her own distinct future while living on the cusp of two jarringly different experiences--- an â€˜American' one filled with freedom, individuality and fun vs. a quintessentially Albanian world consumed with Islam, misogyny, and tradition. As she attempts to decipher the meaning of it all, enter her wild world filled with thick-accented Albanian guidos, arranged marriages and small armsâ€¦ a world where you'd watch people get shot at weddings out of pure joy, where'd you roast your pet sheep "Ragush" for dinner, where "male" is the only gender tolerated, the wacky and exotic world of "Corn Bread and Feta Cheese: Growing Up FAT & Albanian. Vincent Marano directs.