17 Jan
"Little Peasants" - by Bernard Pollack - Food Tank at the Burren Backroom (Somerville, MA.)

Food Tank

Presents Bernard Pollack's


A World Premier Workshop Reading!

Written by Bernard Pollack

Directed by Dori A. Robinson

Dramaturg and Producer Elena Morris

FOOD TANK Co-Founder Danielle Nierenberg  

Cast Includes: Christa Brown as "Monique Demoro"; Rob Cope as "Craig Becker"; Ciera-Sadé Wade as "Ashley"; Lorraine Victoria Kanyike as "Molly"; Jake Mouchawar as "Michael"; Autumn Blazon-Brown as "Ella Lax" 

The Burren Backroom, 247 Elm Street, Somerville, MA. 02144


February 7, 2024 at 7:00pm

February 21, 2024 at 7:00pm

Doors open at 5:30pm and the performance starts at 7:00pm


$15 in Advance, $20 at the Door. No refunds or exchanges. Purchase online at 24hourconcerts.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1248


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"A peak behind the closed doors of a food workers union organizing campaign"

"A thought-provoking, immersive regional premiere spotlighting coffee shop labor battles" 

Written by Bernard Pollack and directed by Dori A. Robinson, "LITTLE PEASANTS" takes you on an immersive theatrical journey behind the closed doors of a food workers' union organizing campaign. 

"LITTLE PEASANTS" is immersive, putting audience members in baristas’ shoes to demonstrate the tactics employers are using to thwart organizing efforts. 

A one-act iteration of "LITTLE PEASANTS" was previously featured at SXSW in March of 2023 and received critical acclaim and multiple standing ovations. 

“This is a rare opportunity to experience a heated food workers' union campaign from the inside,” says director Dori A. Robinson. “An immersive experience, the audience is invited to see the struggles from both sides of the table - the struggling workers, and the thoughtful organization.” 

“The play humanizes the key players on both sides who worry for both the personal everyday lives of the workers, but also the larger ripple effect of their actions. In a situation where neither side is completely right or wrong and both have much to lose, the audience is faced with the question: how would you vote?"

The workshop is presented by FOOD TANK, a globally renowned research and advocacy nonprofit dedicated to building a more sustainable food system. 

Their previous theatrical production, "We Came To Dance," delved into the intersection of food, exoplanets, and the climate crisis, and enjoyed a one month sold-out run at the 2021 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. It received praise from The New York Times and several other media outlets, had excerpts performed live on "Good Morning Britain" and was featured at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27)

“To truly transform our food systems, we need the power of the arts. 'LITTLE PEASANTS' is a unique opportunity for all of us to understand the momentum food workers are creating for just and fair treatment,” says FOOD TANK President and co-founder Danielle Nierenberg. “FOOD TANK is excited to collaborate with dramaturg and producer Elena Morris, director Dori A Robinson and the all-Boston based cast to combine culture and food!”

Doors open at 5:30pm and the performance starts at 7pm. 

Show runtime: 90 minutes, no intermission.


FOOD TANK (foodtank.com) is one of the fastest-growing nonprofit organizations around food and agriculture issues, focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Their work spotlights environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, malnutrition, and poverty, and creates networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change. FOOD TANK highlights hope and success in agriculture.