Confection (2019)

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Folger Theatre produced Confection, by Third Rail Projects, conceived and written by Zach Morris, directed and choreographed by Zach Morris with Tom Pearson and Jennine Willett, and created in collaboration with the company. Confection ran March 4th to March 24th 2019.

Photography by Ethan Covey


Commissioned by Folger Theatre in association with Before ‘Farm to Table’: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures, Third Rail Projects’ immersive experience, Confection, is a rollicking rumination on opulence, inequity, and teeny-tiny desserts. Using accounts of the extravagant banquets and sumptuous feasts held by the aristocracy of the late 17th-century as a springboard, Confection is a multi-sensory dance/theater performance that contemplates cultures of consumption and poses the questions: How much does sweetness cost, and what are we willing to devour to satisfy our appetites?

In the 50-minute experience, audiences were granted exclusive access to the Folger’s magnificent Paster and Sedgwick-Bond Reading Rooms, with a performance that winds its way through these massive and ornate spaces, and are invited to savor a bite-sized delight designed by local pâtissier, The Lupin Baking Company.



  • Elizabeth Carena, Performer
  • Alberto Denis, Performer
  • Joshua Dutton-Reaver, Performer
  • Justin Lynch, Performer
  • Marissa Nielsen-Pincus, Performer

Creative Team

  • Zach Morris, Writer & Conceived By
  • Zach Morris, Tom Person and Jennie Willett, Directors & Choreography
  • Created in Collaboration with the Company

Production Team

  • Tom Earson, Additional Text
  • Marissa Meilsen- Pincus, Assistant Director
  • Kristina Vnook, Stage Manager
  • Sean Hagerty, Original Music and Sound Design
  • Isaiah Singer, Co-Composer and Guitar
  • Karen Young, Costume Design
  • Dan Daly, Assitant Scenic Design
  • Xandra Weaver, Props Design
  • Britanny Shemuga, Lighting Design
  • Alex Keen, Master Electrician
  • Kelli Jones, Assistant Stage Manager
  • Jenn Pinkos, Wardrobe
  • Neil Satterlund, Board Operator
  • Lupin Baking Company, Lila Miller, Patisserie
  • Joshua Dutton-Reaver, Ephemera Coordinator

Folger Theatre

  • Janet Alexander Griffin, Artistic Producer
  • Beth Emelson, Associate Artistic Producer
  • David Polk, General Manager
  • Charles Flye, Theatre Production Manager
  • Rebekah Sheffer, Assistant Technical Director