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A Taste of Empire ()

Produced by

rice & beans theatre

Presented by

Cahoots Theatre Company

Playwright: Jovanni Sy
Director: Jovanni Sy


Factory Studio Theatre


May 1st, 2018 – May 6th, 2018


We are what we eat. But where does it come from? How does it get to the table? 食盡天下 (A Taste of Empire) is a wacky and fun culinary exploration of global food domination and the conquest for our appetites.

Everything we eat tells a story. While cooking a traditional Filipino dish in real time, translator/performer Derek Chan takes us on an entertaining and thought-provoking trip through history as he weaves stories of conquest, imperialistic desires, and colonialism through the construction (and deconstruction) of the Rellenong Bangus. Audiences will immerse themselves in the tantalizing aromas of a kitchen, and a tasting plate is served at the conclusion of the piece. 食盡天下 (A Taste of Empire) is truly a feast for the mind and the palate.

食盡天下 (Sik Zeon Tin Haa) is a Cantonese translation by Derek Chan of Jovanni Sy’s A Taste of Empire, presented with open captioning in English and Simplified Chinese. (


Derek Chan Performer

Creative Team

Jovanni Sy Playwright
Jovanni Sy Director
Pedro Chamale Production Designer
David Yee Original Video Design


Derek Chan Translator
Teresa Leung Stage Manager
Maria Zarrillo Producer
Lily Chan Production Manager
Karthy Chin Outreach Coordinator