All Cake, No File: Johnny Cash Tribute Meets Live Cooking Show
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Throw on your ugliest holiday sweater, grab a hot toddy and join the Actors' Gang at Ivy Substation for the annual Queen Family telethon, known as the toast of the holiday season. Each year is bustling with magicians, aerialists, tap dancers and more live entertainers. And this year, the Queens have decided to celebrate diversity (in accordance with a court-ordered mandate), and everyone from atheists to Amish have been invited to The Queen Family's Very Special Holiday Special. Learn More
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Jewell Rae Jeffers molds a cooking show into a vehicle for standup comedy and social commentary. Ripped directly from her actual Big House Prison Shows, the evening is complete with a dead on Johnny Cash tribute band "With a Bible and a Gun".
Jewell Rae, '50's blond wig fixed firmly upon her head, threw together a a coconut cream cake from a mix, all the while torpedoeing Rush Limbaugh, the prison system, and our lack of encompassing health care in deceptively soothing Southern tones.
An after party featured the coconut cake liberally topped with huge mounds of Cool Whip and toasted coconut flake. As Jewell Rae was prone to say, "We don't endorse any products her on on our show, but Cool Whip is just the best."
As a food snob, I hesitate to admit that cake from a mix can be edible, let alone tasty, but I ate 2 slices as we chatted with Jewell Rae, 'Johnny Cash', and Tim Robbins.
Robbins, ever the activist, is using these shows to raise funds for the Actors Gang. They have a program that goes into the prisons, so that tied directly into the peculiarly successful evening.
Warning: Don't expect an evening of traditional theater.
Quotes & Highlights
- Watch Jewell Rae Jeffers in action in videos of her live cooking show "Tastes Like Home."
- "Go!"--LA Weekly
- "Rocks the house!"--Los Angeles Times
A Johnny Cash prison tribute cooking show-concert! Jailbreak cakes every night backed up by With a Bible and a Gun, a Johnny Cash tribute band. Jewell Rae (Gilkerson) Jeffers is a Celebrity Chef, Home Economist, and the host of the "Tastes Like Home" live cooking show. She is thrilled to cook live for guests of the California state prison system, where she performs her Johnny Cash Tribute Show. Her political culinary blog appears on The Huffington Post.
Jewell Rae Jeffers is the right-wing alter-ego of Actors' Gang company member Donna Jo Thorndale. Originally from Kentucky, Ms. Jeffers began her formal culinary training at her grandmother's apron strings on a tobacco farm in Woodford County. It was there that she learned the guiding philosophy of her life, "If you cook it, they will come." Her passion for cooking and connecting with people has taken her from coast to coast and transformed her life.
An ardent fan of music and flawed men, she is married to the world's finest mandolin player, Brick Jeffers. They live with their dog, Ham Sandwich, in Los Angeles and Nashvegas. Jewell Rae, Brick, and Ham Sandwich are American by birth and Southern by the grace of God.
About the Ticket Supplier: Actors' Gang
The Actors' Gang is one of Los Angeles' most enduring theatre ensembles. Founded in 1981 by a group of renegade theatre artists, the Gang's mission is to create bold, original works for the stage and daring reinterpretations of the classics. Our work is raw, immediate, socially minded, and crafted with the highest artistic standards.
Over the course of our first 20 years we have produced 68 plays and won over 100 awards, winning acclaim for our interpretations of Shakespeare, Bruchner, Brecht, Moliere, Aeschylus, Ibsen and Chekhov, while developing in workshop new plays that address the world today through a prism of satire, popular culture and raucous stagecraft.
Through co-productions, The Actors' Gang presented the West Coast Premiere of Eric Bogosian's "Suburbia" with the Namaste Theatre Company, Roger Guenver Smith's "A Huey P. Newton Story," Danny Hoch's "Jails, Hospitals, Hip Hop" with Center Theatre Group, and "Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella" with The Cornerstone Theatre Company. The Actors' Gang has toured with productions as the US representative at the Edinburgh Festival and to New York's Public Theatre with "Carnage, A Comedy"; with "The Imaginary Invalid" to the Rushmore Festival in New York, and in 2001 saw "Bat Boy, A Musical," developed at the Actors' Gang, won the Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics award for best new musical Off-Broadway in New York.