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    The Soup Comes Last

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    They were invited to China to mount a musical about two people caught in the middle of a culture clash and ended up in the middle of one themselves. It's 1997 and intrepid choreographer Rachel Lampert, along with South African director Joanne Gordon, are off to the People's Republic of China's Jing-yi Academy of Performing Arts to stage the first musical theatre production in China of the quintessential American icon West Side Story. in Chinese. If the world seems upside-down, it is! And The Soup Comes Last tells it all. In this humorous and heart-warming solo performance, Rachel Lampert plays 11 characters including her Chinese interpreters, the Academy's well-intentioned artistic directors, her hard-working all-Chinese cast and many more, as she recounts her real-life adventures of friendship, culture clash, backstage drama and hope against all odds. Brooklyn born and raised writer/performer Rachel Lampert is most known in NYC as a choreographer, but now lives in Ithaca, NY as Artistic Producing Director of the Kitchen Theatre Company. She started Rachel Lampert & Dancers in 1975 which toured extensively throughout the US and in Europe for fifteen years. They appeared at Jacob's Pillow, Delacourte Festival, Riverside Church, and the Public Theatre. She is a 4-time recipient of NEA Choreography Fellowships.

    Dates:  Oct. 4, 2004 - Oct. 24, 2004
    Schedule:  Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m., Wed. and Sat. 2 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m.
    Venue:  59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th St.
    Price:  $30
    Company:  Kitchen Theatre Co.
    Tickets/info:  (212) 279-4200

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