Food:Soul #7 – Miss Lilly Gets Boned

Food:Soul features good food, good company, and a fully staged reading of a play Flux is passionate about developing and sharing with you – all for FREE!

by Bekah Brunstetter

directed by Heather Cohn
featuring: Matthew Archambault, Jesse-James Austin, Michael Davis, Kitty Lindsay, Alisha Spielmann, and Nitya Vidyasagar

Dinner begins at 6:30pm
Reading begins at 7:30pm
(home cooked food will be provided, but feel free to bring a dish as well)

About the play:
Miss Lilly, a Sunday school teacher, has been waiting patiently for God to drop a man in her lap. When a new student disturbs the harmony of her classroom and his father disturbs the harmony of her heart, Miss Lilly is forced to re-examine her own sense of faith and self. Right or wrong, sinful or holy – a natural force is at work in Miss Lilly’s classroom where her hymns are accompanied by the rumble of angry elephants and her prayers are answered by a stranger to her god.

About the playwright:
Bekah Brunstetter’s plays include A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE (Naked Angels, Spring 2011), OOHRAH! (The Atlantic Theater) and HOUSE OF HOME (Williamstown Theater festival.) She is a member of the Primary Stages writer’s group, a Playwright’s Realm Fellow, and resident playwright of the Finborough Theater, London, where MISS LILLY received its debut in the Summer of 2010. MISS LILLY has also been developed with the Lark, Luna Stage the Babel Theater Project. MFA, The New School.

About the director:
Heather Cohn is a co-founder of Flux Theatre Ensemble and currently serves as the Managing Director. Directing credits for Flux include August Schulenburg’s The Lesser Seductions of History (nominated for Best Director, New York Innovative Theatre Awards) and Other Bodies (FringeNYC Excellence Award for Outstanding Direction). She also recently directed Blood by Aliza Einhorn for the EstroGenius Festival. Upcoming: The Break in the Day by David Stallings (June 2011) and Menders by Erin Browne (Winter 2011).

Why are we excited about this Food:Soul?

  • We’ve been buzzing about this play for awhile – it was featured on my Plays That Need Doing In NYC.
  • It reunites the Oberon/Puck duo of Michael Davis/Nitya Vidyasagar, this time in a very different dynamic.
  • Alisha Spielmann and Kitty Lindsay have been rocking Food:Souls, ForePlays and Flux Sundays for some time, but this is the most substantive collaborative process we’ve had with these particular rock stars.
  • It has an elephant. For real.
  • It has God. Who may be real.
  • It’s partially about grief, and what behavior grieving permits, and how the grief process has some powerful similarities between elephants and human beings.
  • It’s also really, really funny; and as Lilly might say while talking with Richard, dreadfully delightfully lovely.

Want to learn about past Food:Souls?
#6: Hearts Like Fists by Adam Szymkowicz, directed by Keith Powell
#5: Lickspittles, Buttonholers, and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens by Johnna Adams, directed by John Hurley
#4: VolleyGirls by Rob Ackerman, directed by August Schulenburg
#3: Narrator 1 by Erin Browne, directed by Scott Ebersold
#2: This Storm Is What We Call Progress by Jason Grote, directed by Kelly O’Donnell
#1: Pretty Theft by Adam Szymkowicz, directed by Heather Cohn

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