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'The Devil's Larder' Wins Best of Edinburgh Honor

"The Devil's Larder," by the Scottish site-specific theatre company Grid Iron, has been named the Best of Edinburgh by the Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation. The honor means that the play, selected from among the works at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, will receive a fully produced two-week run at P.S. 122 next March.

To be eligible, a show must be an original work never seen in the United States and must have received a four- or five-star review from the Scottish newspaper The Scotsman. Tambor, members of her foundation, and Vallejo Gantner, artistic director of P.S. 122, selected the winner, which was announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on Fri., Aug. 26.

According to a written statement from the foundation, "The Devil's Larder" -- which is based on a "teasingly dark novella" by Jim Crace -- "winds a sinuous path from narrative episode to story-telling, from installation to song, examining how food can act as a catalyst for unleashing our fears, desires, and taboos."

This is the second year that Tambor, a portrait artist and self-described "theatre aficionado," has brought work from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to the United States under the auspices of her foundation. Last year, she brought Russell Barr's self-performed "Sisters, Such Devoted Sisters" and Mark Jenkins' "Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Welles."

In an interview last week elaborating upon the foundation's partnership with P.S. 122, where Gantner began his job in January, Tambor said, "To give these artists an opportunity for a real New York run, at an institution renowned for discovering and nurturing new and innovative works, is incredibly valuable to these young artists. It really gets to the heart of the foundation's mission: to honor an outstanding and innovative show from the festival and help build a bridge from Edinburgh to New York."

Of the eligible shows, Tambor's stated preference was for a piece "that blows me away. I didn't have any ideas at all of what I'd choose last year, no preconceived notions at all, other than wanting the lights to go down, wanting to be grabbed and transported to some other place and then leave the theatre skipping."

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