June 28-30, July 1
This delightful comedy gives new meaning to the term "dinner theater," as audiences in Langworthy Theatre will be enjoy a comical, heartfelt, one-woman show while being served a meal made right in front of them — by the star herself. Kerri Jill Garbis (who delighted LTR audiences as Ann Landers in The Lady With All The Answers during our 2010 season) prepares a three-course Italian spread and serves it to lucky few members of her audience while taking on the persona of Giulia Melucci, on whose memoir Spaghetti is based. From failure to fusilli, this deliciously hilarious read tells the story of Giulia Melucci’s fizzled romances and the mouth-watering recipes she used to seduce her men, smooth over the lumps, and console herself when the relationships flamed out. From an affectionate alcoholic, to the classic New York City commitment-phobe, to a hipster aged past his sell date, and not one, but two novelists with Peter Pan complexes, Giulia has cooked for them all. She suffers each disappointment with resolute cheer (after a few tears) and a bowl of pastina (recipe included) and has lived to tell the tale so that other women may go out, hopefully with greater success, and if that’s not possible, at least have something good to eat. Peppered throughout Giulia’s delightful and often poignant remembrances are fond recollections of her mother’s cooking, the recipes she learned from her, and many she invented on her own inspired by the men in her life. LTR Audiences will howl at Giulia’s boyfriend-littered past and swoon over her irresistible culinary creations.
Adapted by Jacques Lamarre from the memoir by Giulia Melucci
Directed by David Grapes
Scenic Design by J. David Blatt
Costume Design by Dr. Anne. M. Toewe
Lighting Design by TBA
Equity Guest Artist: Kerri Jill Garbis