Fresh Meat is a dark comedy with cannibals and furries whereby one small algorithm goes awry, and all hell breaks loose. The setting of the play is a dystopic society in which criminals are disposed of by anthropophagy – the eating of human flesh. Through some bureaucratic error, Peter, the butcher, is put in the position of carving up a person that he knows thus setting up the action in the play. That mistake causes Peter to realize he can no longer butcher living humans, particularly those with whom he is familiar. The setting of Fresh Meat may look normal in the surface, but it is the societal values and laws that define it as an imaginary dystopic environment thus allowing cannibals, furries and others to engage in their respective shenanigans. That said, a simple way to put the message is: it’s a play about cannibals and furries and how we treat our friends. As an interesting aside and purely by coincidence, the cast and crew of Fresh Meat are all graduates of the CSUN Theater Department!
Fresh Meat will have five performances (June 3, 10, 13, 17 and 23) at the Stephanie Feury Studio Theater located at 5636 Melrose Avenue (corner of Melrose and Larchmont). Tickets went on sale May 1. Ticket cost is $12. Discount code: CSUN. The play is a 30-minute, one-act with six characters.