Free Readings of New Musical Cookin'!, Directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Presented Sept. 25-26

Amas Musical Theatre presents three free staged readings of Cookin'! — a new musical by Debra Barsha and Hollye Levin — Sept. 25 at 6 PM and Sept. 26 at 1 PM and 5 PM at The Players Theatre.

Brittney Lee Hamilton
Brittney Lee Hamilton

Lynne Taylor-Corbett directs the readings with musical direction by Gillian Berkowitz. The cast includes Claire Neumann, Brittney Lee Hamilton, Ariana Shore and Shelley Thomas.

Cookin'!, press notes state, "tells the story of four housewives in Winnetka, Illinois, in the mid-1950s, who decide to enter a Betty Crocker cooking contest as an antidote to suburban ennui. The musical comedy explores the combustible limits of gender stereotypes during the dawn of rock-and-roll, but before The Kinsey Report."

"Cookin'! takes place in a time when women's roles were narrowly defined and women adapted themselves accordingly," said Amas artistic producer Donna Trinkoff in an earlier statement. "The fit was better for some than for others and the kitchen was the place where women could communicate and commiserate. But it's the late 50's and the sexual revolution is right around the corner and these women have a lot of ground to cover!"

The Players Theatre is located at 115 MacDougal Street. Tickets are free, and reservations are available via email at or by calling (212) 563-2565.