Inspired by Recipes, NYC's Milk Can Troupe Cooks Up Potluck Plays May 3-13

News   Inspired by Recipes, NYC's Milk Can Troupe Cooks Up Potluck Plays May 3-13
The Milk Can Theatre Company's fourth season ends with The Potluck Plays, a premiere of seven original ten-minute plays — each inspired by a recipe.

Seven playwrights randomly drew a recipe from a hat, "with each recipe representing a course for a potluck dinner: appetizer, salad, main course, vegetables, dessert and drink." The result, according to the company, "is a seven-course theatrical feast."

Playwrights and work include:

  • Answering written and directed by Tom Nondorf (inspired by a shitake-pumpkin ravioli recipe)
  • Eggnogstic by Bethany Larsen, directed by Ryan Ratelle (inspired by an eggnog cheesecake recipe)


  • Punch written and directed by ML Kinney (inspired by a rhubarb punch recipe)
  • Swimming Uptown by Cheryl Davis, directed by Jill Landaker (inspired by a dishwasher salmon recipe)
  • Salad Days by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, directed by Kimberly VerSteeg (inspired by a Jell-O salad recipe)
  • The Potato Play: A Brief & Inaccurate History of the Potato written and directed by Melissa Fendell (inspired by a French fried potato recipe)
  • The Cooking King by Sharon E. Cooper, directed by Riv Massey (inspired by an asparagus patina recipe). The acting company includes Antonia Barba, Satomi Blair, Chris Catalano, Candice Fortin, Jean Goto, Jason Griffith, Elizabeth Kerins, Chris Kloko, Marta Kuerston, Liz Maestri, Steve Maruzzelli, Matthew Murumba, Amira Nader, Shayna Padovano, Brian Pracht, Cynthia Rice, Matt Stapleton, Sonja Sweeney, Adia Tucker, Baris Tuncer, Kirsten Walsh and Heather Weneck.

    The Pot Luck Plays will run May 3-13: Thursday May 3 and 10, Friday May 11 and Saturday May 6 at 8 PM; Saturday May 5 and Sunday May 6 at 2 PM; and Sunday May 6 and 13 at 6 PM, with a special benefit performance Saturday May 12 at 7:30 PM.

    Performances play The Michael Weller Theatre, 311 West 43rd Street (sixth floor). Tickets are $18.

    The 7:30 PM May 12 performance is part of The Milk Can Theatre Company's Spring Fling Benefit, and tickets are $40. Tickets are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or (866) 811-4111.

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    The Milk Can Theatre Company has teamed up with City Harvest, New York City's first and only food rescue program, to conduct a canned food drive in conjunction with The Potluck Plays. With a goal of delivering over 100 pounds of food to City Harvest they are asking audience members to contribute two cans of food; in return The Milk Can Theatre will discount $3 off the price of admission to The Potluck Plays.

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