Renegade’s STORIES AND SPIRITS settles down with a drink and a good book

books-cocktailsNovels and cocktails are two of the best things in life. STORIES AND SPIRITS combines them in a one-off evening of drinks and performances. The event is a coproduction by the Renegade Company, a local theater outfit committed to exploring familiar works through a modern lens, and Spirit Forward, an organization which elevates craft cocktail culture in the Philadelphia area with cocktail classes, catering services, and killer pop-up events.

STORIES AND SPIRITS will feature excerpts from Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, and Orson Welles’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds, and a preview of an upcoming work by Renegade: Damned Dirty Apes, a version of the classic films of Planet of the Apes, King Kong, and Tarzan the Ape Man. Local actors Isa St. Clair, Sean Close, and Nathan Foley will be the featured performers.There will be a cocktail demonstration led by Spirit Forward’s Dan Lan Hamm for each of the works. [Wharton Heights, 1816 Wharton Street (Point Breeze)] June 1, 2015; therenegadecompany.org; cocktailsbyspiritforward.com.

The menu for the evening will be:

“The Burning Rhetoric”
Lime, Campari, Pineapple, Blackstrap Rum
Inspired by Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle
Performed by Nathan Foley

“A Series of Flashbacks”
Fig and Cinnamon Infused Bourbon, Honey, Coconut Milk
Inspired by Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar
Performed by Isa St. Clair

“The Night America Trembled”
Fernet, Maraschino Liqueur, Applejack, Sweet Vermouth
Inspired by Orson Welles’ adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds
Performed by Sean Close

“The Monkey Gland”
Gin, Fresh OJ, Grenadine, Absinthe
Inspired by Chris Davis’ and Sam Henderson’s Damned Dirty Apes

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Christopher Munden

Your faithful correspondent and publisher Christopher Munden has written and edited for many publications, websites, and cultural institutions. He was an editor/publisher of the Philly Fiction book series, collections of short stories written by local writers and set in Philadelphia. He's also a soccer coach and a pretty good skier.