Did you know that you can die from eating too much chocolate? Ok, well maybe not, but I almost passed into the light this past weekend. First, let’s rewind to the beginning of last week!
At PlayCo, I honored my typical marketing intern duties. These often include answering phone calls, maintaining press archives, and helping my colleague, Lauren Rayner, take care of time sensitive marketing business. I used to think that one of my main responsibilities, press archiving, wasn’t that big of a deal. I mean, you make copies of reviews, previews, and press mentions. Simple, right? Not exactly. This job is actually very important because the press archives must be done in a certain way so that they can be used to get grants for PlayCo. Not-for-profit organizations such as theaters and human rights groups need a lot of these grants to stay afloat in these tough economic times. Because PlayCo is a thriving company in the off-Broadway scene, the many great reviews that I organize are essential to the grant-getting process.
Of course, there is only so much I can say about press archives. So, for the rest of the week, I attended some pretty cool events. One of them included watching the short film segment of the Manhattan Film Festival. My PlayCo colleague, Rayner, produced a short film called Moving Forward, which has previously been featured in other film festivals across the nation! I was even able to meet some of the creative team behind the film, and it was fantastic to actually be able to compliment filmmakers on their work and vision. Not to mention the casting of Moving Forward was spot on, and I could not imagine better up and coming actors to star in the movie. Luckily, I was able to sit through more films, which varied in length. Working at PlayCo as well as other artists this summer has been both inspiring and enlightening, and it’s one of my favorite aspects of interning for so many arts venues and companies.
And then there was chocolate. So. Much. Chocolate. My friend, Blake, and I took a trip to Max Brenner’s. This Cajun NYC intern has never experienced anything quite like this! When I walked into the store, I immediately saw pipes running along the wall and ceiling…filled with CHOCOLATE! I felt just like those kids in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the 1971 hit, of course!) during that scene when they open the doors and stare into the confectionary wonderland of edible treats. My mouth was agape the entire visit. There were countless cookies, pies, chocolate treats, and even a CHOCOLATE PIZZA with marshmallows! I simply couldn’t believe that a place like this even existed. My friend and I actually ate an entire peanut butter fudge ice cream sundae, complete with bananas, whipped cream, hazelnuts, hot fudge, and peanut butter! It was absolutely delicious, and it’s one of those things you have to experience yourself. Until then, here are some photos:
And here’s a fun fact. Did you know that the 1971 film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, was filmed in parts of Munich and Bavaria, Germany? PlayCo will be producing a play this coming season that was written by a German playwright!