Talkback Q&A with the cast, moderated by Bethany Van Delt
A One-Act Comedic Play About Food *and Eating
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 7pm
Burren Backroom series
Written & Directed by Kimberly Rose
Starring Christina Kostoulakos, Eli Escobar, Alyson Muzila, Martine Assaf and Cory Scott.
Associate Producer: Alin Halajian Photographer: Aaron Emmanuel Videographer: Cathy Ye
L to R: Bethany Van Delft, opening act comedian & talk back moderator, Kimberly Rose, writer & director of Butter, and Norah Dooley, storyteller & educator.
“Food is everything,” said Anthony Bourdain, an endless source of inspiration for a writing foodie like myself. Food + women is food as love, our role as nurturing chefs & cooks & moms, providers of sustenance…Then there is food as enemy when we have allergies, Crohn’s, or celiac (which I might have); weight issues; the love vs hate of our bodies that eating brings out – self love, eating disorders, fat shaming and more. All these come up in my play, Butter, a play about food (and eating).
During my one-act play, three girlfriends meet for dinner in a restaurant but things quickly get out of control as food cravings and “ultra-sensitivities” clash. One of the women is an uber-organic, weight-obsessed yogi, the other is more passionate and impulsive. The chemistry of this ensemble of amazing actors (Martine Assaf, Eli Escobar, Christina Kostoulakos, Alyson Muzila and Cory Scott as cranky Kyle the Waiter) was palpable on the stage to the Standing Room Only audience at the Burren Backroom in Somerville, on October 16th, 2018.
My main goal for this comedy is, of course, to make people laugh. But I am also fueled by a desire to create roles for complex female protagonists on stage and on screen, featuring actresses that represent the diversity and beauty of real women. It’s very important to me that my stories, cast and crew represent this beautiful, true reality of the world I see around me. For me, this “real reality” includes the diversity of women of all sizes, shapes, skin tones & orientations that I grew up with in Miami and see around me every day. #RealWomen #Realsizes #RealLife
The format of the evening was different by design. After our hilarious opening act by the nationally renowned comedian Bethany Van Delft, the play itself is 30 minutes long, followed by a lively Q&A Talkback with the audience.
During the talkback, we discussed the play and the issues the play brings up around eating and food: fat-shaming, body love, cravings,
denying what we love, eating out with allergies, etc. While the play was meant to be more experiential and emotional, for the talkback we encouraged a more intellectual discussion and exploration of food issues. Based on how many audience members had questions, participated, and contacted me after the talkback and since then, I’d say we have hit on a “hot” theme that we look forward to exploring in many different formats, including possibly at colleges and high schools. I would love to use the play as a medium for discussing the pressures kids of all genders via on social media around not being perfect and not having a perfect Instagrammable (fake) body or face. We could use a 10-minute version of the play or film, or just a video of the play beforehand.
I am currently adapting “Butter” to a sketch comedy and/or short film. Stay tuned and if you’d like to participate, let me know!
“Red Shoes” (The Play)
Rehearsals with (L to R) Mindy Britto, Cory Scott, Brian Hutchings actors in “Red Shoes” Loved rehearsing with this cast & crew!
Written and directed by Kimberly Rose @kimrosewriter
Song “Red Shoes Blues” by Kimberly Rose
Starting Mindo Britto @mindymbritto, Brian Hutchings and Cory Scott @coryscttand
Produced by Barstool Stories dinner theatre, an Evening of One-Act Plays September 17, 2017
Article 24 Restaurant, Brighton, Massachusetts
(L to R) Brian Hutchings and Mindy Britto on stage
What if you could organize & manage your Dating Quest like you do a job interview?
What if you applied the efficiency of job interviews to dating? Had several people lined up, like speed dating, but all for you? One at 5:45 one at 6:30pm, etcetera? Next!!!
Standing Room Only at Article 24 for Barstool Stories dinner theatre. Bringing theatre to the people
In my play Red Shoes, Gina, a successful Boston techie, engineers a plan to solve the online dating dilemma… so many men, so little time! Will her plan work? Or it is impossible to engineer a perfect match? Watch what happens in the 10 min one-act play “Red Shoes” to see if it works and who she chooses!
I was inspired by the parable story of the Red Shoes, and the undeniable power of red shoes.
(c) 2017 Kimberly Rose. All rights reserved.
Performed and produced by Play in A Day April 29, 2017
Written by Kimberly Rose
Directed by Evan Schneider
Starting Arissa Page, Mark Haggett and Isabelle Assaf.
Video upon request.
Cast & crew from “Natural Disasters” Play In A Day production: (L to R) Evan Schneider, Director, Kimberly Rose, Writer Actors Arissa Page, Mark Haggett and Isabelle Assaf (seated).