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The Botany of Desire 

When: Fri., April 24, 5:30 p.m. 2009
Price: free

Michael Pollan's nonfiction books about food, its origin, and its exploitation. In the book, the UC Berkeley journalism professor shows how four domesticated plants -- the apple, the tulip, the potato, and marijuana -- used their seductive qualities to find favor with humans and flourish in modern agribusiness. (From a "plant's-eye view," these crops have a reciprocal relationship with their keepers.) Playwright Alex Harvey liked the book so much that he decided to adapt it for theater, with an original score by Broadway composer John Gromada. They got a residency with UC Berkeley's ArtsResearchCenter and spent much of April workshopping the work-in-progress with a bunch of actors. Harvey and Gromada will reveal the fruit of their efforts at UC Berkeley's Wheeler Auditorium on Friday, April 24, with a staged reading of the apple section of the book. It will be Pollan's first chance to see what it looks like. 5:30 p.m., free. BAMPFA.berkeley.edu/bca


— Rachel Swan

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