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Before I say anything else, I need to emphasize how gratifying it is to know that few, if any, food bloggers are posting about fake ogre sandwiches this week.

Wait, to backtrack, Shrek is my next show; but right now I’m doing The Imaginary Invalid, a Moliere farce that I prop designed. It includes a character described as having a mind ‘unburdened by sparkling wit’ who clucks like a chicken when he gets overexcited. The director wanted him to be fed something onstage when he needs calming. I settled on corn pops, which I learned are even shaped like corn. Quite successful, especially when the actor deliberately gets the cereal stuck in his mustache.

It’s common to work on two or more shows at once, admittedly loony though it is. Last year at this time I was making a fancy dessert spread out of homemade play dough and baking real popovers for Little Women, all the while tracking down a local music director who would loan me 25 band instruments for The Music Man. This year it’s corn pops and ogre food that’s heavy on the fiber.

The script for Shrek calls these sandwiches s’nothers. They’re Dagwoods, filled with anything and everything a cranky, misanthropic ogre might find in the forest. The one above is for my friend Jay, a most enthusiastic carnivore, who plays Shrek. It’s stuffed with moss, raffia, sticks, leaves, bark, and an unfortunate woodland creature (a squirrel puppet) held together by more raffia and copious amounts of Gorilla wood glue. The girl who plays Shrek’s love interest (Fiona) is a vegan, so I kindly left out the creature in hers. Just a little service I threw in.

Next week I’ll talk about something more or less edible, I promise.

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