Mill 6 Collaborative is staging the Boston premiere of Cafe Society, the caffeinated comedy by Robert Simonson, Nov. 30-Dec. 16 at The Theatre Cooperative in Somerville, MA.
Brendan Hughes directs the play, previously seen in an Off-Off-Broadway staging. The piece concerns a group of upwardly mobile Manhattanites caught in the thrall of a pastry shop's teen-age coffee server, who leads them to espresso-stained social peril when she asks them to be friends with her.
"Contributing artists" to the staging by the troupe include Rich Archer, Paul Barrett, Irene Daly, Tony Dangerfield, John Dowd, Dave Dowling, Lisa Dragani, Chris Fontecchio, Juliet Gowing, Korinne Hertz, Michael Hoch, Maureen Lane, Laura Napoli, John Edward O'Brien, Rodney Raftery, Pamela Rodgers, John Schnatterly, Jason Schuchman, Deb Talan.
On Dec., 2, there will be a post-show discussion with playwright Simonson, who is also editor of Playbill On-Line. His other works include Wittenberg, Conversation and George and Gig. He also penned "Role of a Lifetime," a book chronicling the careers of Austin Pendleton, Lois Smith, Gloria Foster and Ron Rifkin.
Tickets are $12-$15. The Theatre Cooperative is at 277 Broadway, in Somerville. For information, call (617) 623 0861. — By Kenneth Jones