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C3: Red Highlands#140660

Iria-Bau Confection

The Stem community of the Red Highlands contains a high concentration of the indigenous Reitai people whose education system is story-based and led in circular groups by a storyteller. This cave-like playhouse built into the cliffside we discovered is carved with elaborate myth and teaching stories. Children dress in costumes with masks carved of muka wood and serve a meringue-like, sun-dried confection made of muka nuts and lulai berries as a final closing act of each play.

We found the recipe in ancient books as well as review of a performance from the 1930s.

Collaborators

Idea by Jericca Cleland; Execution by Ioana Badea, Robyn Baker, Erin Bradner + Tara McPherson.

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D4: District of Gray Eels#140999

Mukulai Pudding

Originally a side product of oil “mukulai pudding” was created for the sap of the Muka Tree. When boild and set for 12 hours coagulates into a pudding. Originally discovered in the Grey Eels District was produced in the black market and distributed to other districts as the plague Dr’s enjoyed the calming effects after their stressful procedures.

Collaborators

Aroussiak

Recipe of Mukulai Pudding

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C3: Red Highlands#140520

Smugglers Key

A smuggler’s key to create virtual golden coral beads used as currency for smuggled items was discovered in a playhouse used as a prop in a theatrical presentation of “I Had It All”

Collaborators

Marni, Josh, Eb, Jerrica

Review of I HAD IT ALL

Yesterday’s opening of Pria Ibenos’ latest exercise in political polemics fails to excite on many levels – not the least of which are its depiction of unbelievable characters and any subtlety at all.

“I Had It All” is all too obviously meant as a parable. Its characters – two brothers who are from “that hill where we can’t see the land below – and we’re okay with that” (as brother Juneau actually says near the beginning of Act 1) live in the richest parts of the High Coral area of the Red Highlands. Of course they have no idea how the oppressed people in the STEM housing live.

The play’s anti-government propaganda is presented in such a baldly obvious way that Ibenos undercuts her own ideas. The actors playing the two brothers – Willard Pantane and Nara Blilly – struggle gamely but are weighed down by dialogue which comes less from their characters and more from the play’s plot needs.

The one redeeming asset is Tiara Wilao’s set design. Though she clearly has no sense of what a real High Coral house looks like, she gives it a lush color palette which is in good contrast to the much more believable STEM set.

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F6: Sky Ring#141553

Tao Lai: dessert mash up

Desserts, a convenient distraction proliferated by The Plague Doctors, were taken from Rilaoan elite and fed at increased variety and intensity to the public in the 1930s. Available freely at public playhouses, the Doctors who had smuggled them from the elites, are concerned that its mass consumption is elevating personal hedonism (pleasure) over Rilaoan unity.

Collaborators

Alana Barber, Tatsuya Kawauchi, Nicolas De Benoist

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D4: District of Gray Eels#140998

PLAGUE DOCTOR POISONED DOCO BOLO CRIME REPORT

DATE: APRIL 1, 1930
LOCATION: RILAO PLAYHOUSE SCHOOL #4

ARRESTING OFFICER: LAO, JOSEPH
REPORTED BY: MDME COELEDO (REPORTED TO BE A CHEF)

CRIME DESCRIPTION: A PLAGUE DOCTOR REPORTEDLY GAVE SCHOOL CHILDREN POISONED CANDY CALLED “DOCO BOLO”. A DOCTOR WAS ARRESTED WITH CANDIES IN HIS POCKETS WHICH TESTED POSITIVE FOR CAFFEINE AND SUGAR.

Collaborators

Alvise Simondetti, Michael Miller, Luke Noonan, Adam Sulzdorf-Liszkiewicz, Peter Marx

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