Gwen Rice

Gwen Rice wrote "Miss American Pie," a one-woman play in which the actor bakes a pie onstage (the stage being a home kitchen). A local performance is set for Nov. 14-16. 

Gwen Rice is a skilled baker of pies who likes to care for people in the kitchen (and maybe show off a little, too).

She's also an accomplished playwright. Her play, "A Thousand Words," was produced by Forward Theater Company and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.

This week on the podcast, Rice talks about how she will combine these two parts of her life. Jen Plants directs Rice in "Miss American Pie," a one-woman show performed in a local kitchen. Over the course of 75 minutes, Rice, as Maggie, will prepare an apple pie from scratch.

"Miss American Pie" is fiction based on fact, weaving together several storylines. One is about Virginia Dare, the mythologized "first white child" to be born in the American colonies. Virginia likely died as a toddler, but white nationalist movements have since seized on her image and made her an icon. 

Rice blends that story with her own, more contemporary one. She wrote freelance food stories for the Cap Times during the 2016 election cycle and often went on assignments with a young photographer from Pakistan. How Americans connect patriotism with whiteness, as embodied by Virginia Dare and experienced by the photographer, intrigued Rice. 

This weekend's production is sold out, but find out more about "Miss American Pie" and get on a waiting list to see it (or host it!) here.

In September, The Corner Table was live at the Cap Times Idea Fest with Minnesota chef Yia Vang. Check it out! We also did a live podcast with chef Nyanyika Banda of Martha's Daughter in Duluth, available here

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The Cap Times Idea Fest podcasts are being released all through this fall.  Other Cap Times podcasts include opinion editor Jessie Opoien's state politics podcast Wedge Issues (every Friday at 10 a.m.), the award-winning local government podcast Madsplainers and ongoing Cap Times Talks.

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