LaBute, Schreiber, Burke:  Savory Line-Up for Eating Their Words “Country Event”

NEW YORK, NY  June 23, 2008  --   Eating Their Words, reinventing the concept of “dinner theater” by wedding a seasoned chef with prominent playwrights for an integrated evening of new cuisine and new plays, will stage world premieres by award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Neil LaBute, and playwright Brooke Berman at the Michelin-starred Country restaurant, July 21st.  Tony Award nominee, Pablo Schreiber, and Drama Desk Award winner, Marylouise Burke, perform.

The Country Event piques the palate on Monday, July 21, at 7pm.  The unique evening features Executive Chef Willis Loughhead’s original food and wine pairing, inspired by the work of collaborating playwrights Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, The Shape of Things), Brooke Berman (A Perfect Couple, Hunting and Gathering), and Steven Levenson (The Language of Trees).  The evening features performances by Tony Award nominee Pablo Schreiber (Awake and Sing!, reasons to be pretty), Drama Desk Award winner Marylouise Burke (Fuddy Meers, Sideways), Victor Slezak (The Graduate, Suddenly Last Summer), and Julie Fitzpatrick (RiddleLikeLove). Artistic Director and Eating Their Words founder, Marlo Hunter (Williamstown, Long Wharf, Ensemble Studio Theatre), directs.  The evening’s theme is “Lawless Cuisine”.

Loughhead, a graduate of Boston University, honed his culinary skills through extensive travel and cultural immersion in North Africa and Asia. Prior to joining Geoffrey Zakarian at Country, Loughhead oversaw culinary operations at Andre Balasz’s Sunset Beach, and served as Chef de Cuisine at The Modern.

Tickets for the July 21 event are extremely limited and can be purchased through the Eating Their Words website at   VIP tickets ensure that attendees will be seated with a playwright or actor throughout the evening. 

A culinary treat, a cultural fix, and a supper-club social, Eating Their Words offers attendees the world premiere of three new plays written explicitly for their evening, coupled with the inherent theatricality of a one-of-a-kind meal inspired by the writers' work. The event's forum is the chef's restaurant.  Eating Their Words was founded by Artistic Director and Manhattan-based director and choreographer, Marlo Hunter, to explore the relationship between playwright and chef.  The company will feature new plays and original menus at restaurants of note in and around Manhattan, monthly.