Five-Course Love is "a rollicking rollercoaster ride, showcasing the hilarious highs and the uproarious lows of that inescapable emotion — love," according to Geva. Emma Griffin, artistic director of New York City's Salt Theatre, directs to work by lyricist-librettist-composer Coffin. Performances continue through July 11.
Three versatile actors play 15 different roles in Five Course Love, "depicting five hysterical scenes in five different style restaurants," according to production notes. "The style of each restaurant dictates the music the actors sing, so when Matt and Barbie show up in a down-home rib joint, you can bet the honky-tonk music is coming right up. Later, Gino, Sofia and Carlo have an impassioned, 'Sopranos'-esque encounter in an Italian restaurant; two Mexican brothers praise the beauty of the bonita Rosalinda; and Kitty dons her bobby socks and dreams of malt shop love. Five-Course Love charts love attempted, love gone bad, love mismatched, love misguided, love denied and, inevitably, love achieved!"
Since Coffin's Convenience premiered at Geva, it was published by Dramatist Play Service and has enjoyed successful productions at Sacramento Theatre Company, Human Race Theatre in Ohio and Houston's Stages. It is slated for production at Kansas City’s Unicorn Theatre next season.
Coffin's extensive composition credits include work at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Stratford Festival of Canada, The National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage Company, The Tarragon Theatre, Arena Stage, Sacramento Theatre Company, Interact Theatre, and the California and Georgia Shakespeare Festivals.
The cast includes John Bolton (Broadway's Contact), Heather Ayers (Forbidden Broadway) and Jeff Gurner (The Lion King on Broadway). The creative team includes Terry Berliner (choreographer), G.W. Mercier (scenic and costume design), Annie Wrightson (lighting design), Lindsay Jones (sound design), David Labman (musical director). The musicians are Linda Boianova, Benjamin James Gateno and Kristen Shiner McGuire.
Opening night is June 18.
For tickets, visit the Geva Theatre Center box office, call (585) 232-GEVA or visit www.gevatheatre.org.
Now in its 31st season, Geva Theatre Center is Rochester’s leading professional theatre and the most attended regional theatre in New York State. All productions are created for Rochester, drawing upon talented actors, designers, writers and directors from around the country. Over 150,000 people – including more than 16,000 students – attend Geva Theatre Center each season.