Theatre UNI to present 'The American Way of Eating'

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present "The American Way of Eating" at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 10 to 12 and Oct. 16 to 19, and at 2 p.m., Oct. 13 and 20, in the Bertha Martin Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The play is being presented in conjunction with UNI's Reaching For Higher Ground project.

Adapted from The New York Times best-selling book, "The American Way of Eating" details how journalist Tracie McMillan delved into the heart of America's food production industries in order to get a firsthand account of how our food is harvested, sold and prepared. McMillan went undercover picking garlic in the fields of California, working as a produce stocker for Wal-Mart, the largest seller of groceries in the U.S., and working in the kitchen of the biggest restaurant chain in America. This story offers a vivid picture of the people who actually feed us and of the toll that task takes on them.

"The American Way of Eating" is the first offering of Theatre UNI's 2013-14 season, "Deadly Sins." The production is written and directed by Matthew James Weedman, assistant professor of performance. Scenery and projection designs are by Leonard Curtis, associate professor of design and production; costume design is by Jenn Shesko Wood, assistant professor of design and production; lighting design is by Allie Smith, senior theatre design and production major; and sound and projection support are provided by Aharon Moody, senior theatre design and production major. The production stage manager is Melia Beschta, senior theatre design and production major.

Tickets are $10 for adults and free for UNI students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before curtain time.

For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director for Theatre UNI, at 319-273-6833 or, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit

The mission of the Reaching For Higher Ground project is to better understand a variety of complex topics through the lenses of social justice, education and economics. This year's theme is "Food Matters," which aims to explore the social and economic impacts of food.



Eric Lange, artistic director, Strayer-Wood Theatre, 319-273-6833,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,