Work it, Lawrence

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Featured on the Pilot Balloon’s tumblr — we Sin Eaters have been up to all good. We certainly have felt at home here at Pilot Balloon and in Lawrence.

Things we’ve been doing since our arrival:

a) hosted a pie eating competition (with a bit of performance art peppered in) at the Lawrence Farmer’s Market
b) made a mobile confessional
c) baked fresh bread everyday
d) networked a Chicago-Lawrence potluck with local farmer’s market ingredients! We invited Yuri Zapancic of Seed Co. Studios down the street (shoutout to our girl Penelope Hearne for connecting us through her KU friends!)– the dinner went really well, thanks to Google+ Chats and our tiny Pico projectors!
e) projected onto the streets of Lawrence transcribed sins that were anonymously confessed to us
f) met the neighbors in this east Lawrence neighborhood — we went to a lovely Sunday service at St. Luke’s African Methodist Episcopal church, set up our Bread-for-Sin exchange table outside Pilot Balloon’s church, and have met some amazing folks in this neighborhood by walking around New York and Massachusettes street. Through the farmer’s market and walking around Massachusettes Street’s main drag, we’ve gotten a wide gamut of the community to confess sins– from a shoe boutique owner, an amicable bartender, a dude on his bike waiting for a green light, an artist selling screenprinted undies and handmade goodies, the former Lawrence mayor, a neighbor with an affinity for pawpaw fruit and trees, KU students donning school colors for the football game, families and kids and farmers and pie eating competitors. This town truly is a gem of a place!

Tuesday the 10th is our last workshop performance where we plan to eat the confessed sins of Lawrence. Life over here is filled with warmth, sweat and productivity! Sending these sunny vibes to all of you sinners and sin fans.

Lawrence, Kansas: We love you.

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Getting work done, getting getting work done

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Lawrence’s Farmer’s Market, with our confessional and pies

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Yeah Kansas!

Sin Eaters perform at the Lawrence Farmers’ Market tomorrow!

Hey Lawrence, KS!

Think you can eat more pie than Kellen and Moe?

Then join us tomorrow for our performance at the Lawrence Farmers’ Market. We’re hosting a pie eating contest Sin Eaters-style with apple pies from The Yeast We Can Do–a local Lawrence bakery. The winner gets… you guessed it. A free pie and a guilt-free conscience.

Tell your friends and family and little Jimmy down the street. Tomorrow The Sin Eaters do an unthinkable feat…

Eat. Swallow. Digest.


Kellen / Moe / Mike

The Eve of Kansas

Hello and good day from sunny-ass Chicago,

So many excited, earl-grey-buzzed comments to let you all know about, but you know what? It’s all going to unfurl in Kansas, starting tomorrow. Stay tuned, check back every once and a while, and see what we’re doing, because Moe, Mike & I are (pardon me, relatives) FUCKING STOKED.

I will just hint this:

What Moe & I are about to do in Kansas, with Mike in Chicago joining us via Google+ Chat and Chicagoan followers– THIS is why I moved to Chicago. I wanted to be doing experimental theater slash community driven, food-based, sort-of-all-over-the-place work that involves an interested, interactive audience, and THIS IS WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW. With Kansas.

Sure, our first iterations of Sin Eating– from shifting “Belt of Fat,” our very beginning name, to now knowing that we are definitely The Sin Eaters– through our show at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Chicago in May… all of this was exciting and a fantastic way to work. Our rehearsals shaped what we are now doing, and I am loving this process like no other. HOWEVER, I just want to state very clearly that what we are about to do in Lawrence, Kansas at our residency with Pilot Balloon (Matt Hislope + Josh Meyer from fuckin’ Austin Texas’s theater company, Rubber Repertory?!! Holy cow, are you as big of a fan as I am? !!) — this is what I was made to do. And I am so thrilled to be a part of something that is bigger than us. Lawrence is only the beginning– well, I guess, I take that back– Moe’s apartment in Brooklyn and Mike and my apartments in Chicago were where this all started. G-chatting rehearsals. Confessing our sins. Getting to know one another alongside figuring out just what the hell we were making. This is the way I love to work– this process. But, when you start whittling down to something you really feel like you’ve collectively shaped, and are so interested in, and are all wanting to happen badly– this sweet spot we’re in is just something I cannot be more thankful of.

This is the beginning of my thank you notes to anyone out there who has given a donation to our Indiegogo campaign — AND NOT TOO LATE IF YOU HAVE $10 TO SPARE BEFORE TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT I THINK? WE ONLY NEED EIGHTY MORE DOLLARS!!!– and to anyone who is helping us with documentation, hooking us up with friends and farms (!!!!) in Lawrence, and who will be participating in these performances whether in Kansas or in Chicago. A great friend of mine once said, “The audience is the thing.” You guys are our audience, our support, and our family. Typing thank you will never be enough– you guys rule.

In 24 hours, Moe & I will be arriving to our church-turned-house-that-is-now-a-pop-up-artist-colony in LAWRENCE KANSAS…. !!! I am just… I can’t… Excited is the word of the day.

Safe travels to all, godspeed, and stay tuned here and at our Twitter feed (@thesineaters) to see the shenanigans we are about to get ourselves in. Holler, Kansans! We are coming at you! And right on time, because ladies and gentlemen: I will not be missing my flight tomorrow. (I’ve only missed two in my life… jeeeeez…. BUT STILL. Shit’s on lockdown tomorrow. :):) )

!!! !!! !!!,

Kellen, The Sin Eaters

….what I have in my head about this project. It’s disgusting. Beware.
Never ever gonna quit cuz quitting just aint my stick

The Sin Eaters are going to Kansas…and they need you!

The Sin Eaters have been offered a Pilot Balloon Residency in Lawrence, Kansas by the Rubber Repertory! For one week, The Sin Eaters will have full reign of a church-house to stage the next iteration of performance, installation, competitive eating, and sculptural works…this time capturing a cultural portrait of the city of Lawrence, Kansas.

Sins aside, The Sin Eaters also need something else to fuel their work: donations!

Please visit their Indiegogo Campaign and contribute to their cause. There are awesome art pieces and eating performances in store for gracious donors.

Dorothy Gale once famously said, “We’re not in Kansas anymore.”

With your help, The Sin Eaters can answer, “No, but we are…and we’re hungry.”

Contribute today!

Performance #1: Comfort Food (Friday)

Comfort food [cum-fort fud] : simple, home-style food that brings comforting thoughts of home or childhood; food that is enjoyable to eat and makes the eater feel better emotionally. Often, comfort food provides a nostalgic or sentimental feeling to the person eating it, however strong connections tie in with consumption of comfort foods and feelings of guilt.

see also: convenience foods, emotional eating

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Plate of Spaghetti and Veggies

Spaghetti with meat sauce, green bean casserole, and corn on the cob

Before we indulge in a spaghetti and sides eating competition, we need the audience to come to church, prepared with sins to confess for our contest. The confessions will be anonymous, so all secrets and sins across the spectrum are welcome.

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Performance #2: Peccadillo Pie (Saturday)

Peccadillo [pek-uh-dil-oh] : a small sin

see also: white lie, bad habit, faux pas, flaw, fault, or slipup

Pie [pahy] : a baked food filled with fruit or cream, prepared in a pastry-lined pan

idiomseasy as pie, extremely easy or simple to do (see also: peccadillo)

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Handmade Dessert Pies

Cherry, Lemon Merengue, and Blueberry pies with golden crust made by Mike, Kellen, & Moe.

Discover our white lies, bad habits, and faux pas by writing a prompt you’d like answered for the Peccadillo Pie eating performance. The first 36 participants will take part in completing tonight’s work! We are what we eat – you decide which sins will be our just desserts.

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Performance #3: Pareidolia Picnic (Sunday)

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Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Cabot Vermont Cheddar between two slices of freshly baked honey-wheat bread made by Mike, Kellen, & Moe.

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a competitive eater? Break bread with us and face off in a Grilled Cheese eating competition pareidolia-style (the phenomenon of seeing faces in random images). We’ll train ten participants to go three rounds of eating and crown a Belt of Fat champion. First place receives a gift certificate to Pastoral Artisan Cheese Shop…and glory. We’ve eaten your sins, we’ve eaten our own. Today you eat ours.


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