Lobero LIVE and Rod Lathim present
A saucy new comedy by Nancy Nufer - Directed by Jenny Sullivan
Santa Barbara, CA, July 24, 2012 – This fall Santa Barbara audiences will be presented with a hilarious world premiere penned by one of its own. Lobero LIVE is proud to announce the premiere performance of Nancy Nufer’s Food Confessions September 21-23 at the Lobero Theatre, presented as a part of Lobero LIVE’s A Series of Wits. Food Confessions is a saucy comedy that interweaves stories about our own appetite and the appetites of the people we love, offering up a unique way of looking at life, love, and why we are hungry.
Food Confessions was originally work-shopped with Good Company of Santa Barbara (an actor collective) leading to a pair of public readings, directed by renowned stage director Jenny Sullivan, at Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura. Rod Lathim (Access Theatre) was in attendance and threw his hat in the ring as producer.
“After seeing the development of Food Confessions in workshop, my enthusiasm grew to the point where I offered to produce it for Nancy the very night I saw its final reading,” said Lathim. “That’s something I’ve never done before. But I’m passionate about this piece, and love creating new work. Plus I’m dedicated to nurturing local actors, playwrights, directors and designers.”
Food Confessions is a tale both tart and tender, combining a large helping of food, a dash of family, and a whole lot of crazy. However, director Jenny Sullivan says the goal of the show is more than just making audiences laugh. Says Sullivan: “It stimulates conversation after the performance because, in addition to being hysterical, Food Confessions reminds us of our own food memories. From personal peeves to bad dates, or those family dinners with epic cooking fiascoes… it’s all here.”
Subscriptions for A Series of Wits are available now at Lobero.com or by calling the box office, at 805-963-0761. Patron ticket holders are invited to a special pre-performance “supper club” in the Lobero Courtyard for a performance of Food Confessions.
Single tickets for Food Confessions go on sale July 28.
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This feel-good, tastes-great comedy had its genesis in an unexpected way: during lunch. Ms. Nufer was dining with fellow thespian Sara Bashor and remarked upon the fact Sara consistently ordered the same thing when dining in a restaurant. To wit: Macaroni and Cheese.
One small comment elicited Ms. Bashor’s impassioned diatribe on the intrinsic dos and don’ts of genuine Mac ‘n Cheese, and how often posers render a disservice by ‘adulterating the real Johnny with superfluous ingredients.’
Nufer adds: “It’s Kismet that we landed here on the Lobero stage because this is where I saw my very first live theater. When I was a kid my parents were part of the Alhecama Players, and I’ve always considered the Lobero the place I got my first big break.”
“At age four my Dad was playing one of the sailors in South Pacific, and I got to step in one night as Emile De Becque’s daughter. Once you’re been up there in a grass skirt… covered from head to toe in pancake makeup and singing your heart out… it’s impossible to get the theater out of your system. In many ways this feels like coming home.”
Support by local restaurants also makes this production feel ‘home grown.’ Each of the four performances offers a light supper option (or lunch for matinees) in conjunction with the best seats in the house served on the rear patio of the historic Lobero.
Different restaurant sponsors will provide the meal and dessert option for each performance. They are: Aldo’s, Fresco’s Cafe, Olio E Limone Ristorante and Sojourner Café & Restaurant.
Food Confessions opens at the Lobero Theatre on Friday, September 21 at 8 p.m., with a special benefit preview performance on Thursday, September 20 for the Santa Barbara Foodbank, prices TBA. Additional performances are Saturday, September 22 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and closing Sunday, September 23 at 2 p.m.
Single tickets go on sale on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Ticket prices range from $47 – Supper Club (Ticket includes light supper, dessert and Priority seating), $37 – Section A, $27 -Section B, and $22 – Students/Seniors. Special group rates of $20 per person apply for groups of 8 or more. Tickets are subject to a $3 Lobero Facility Fee, other fees may also apply.
Tickets for Food Confessions may be purchased at the Lobero Theatre Box Office, at 33 East Canon Perdido Street. Box office hours are Monday – Friday, 10am to 5p.m. To order tickets by phone, please call the box office during office hours at (805) 963-0761 or 1-888-456-2376. Tickets are also available at Lobero.com.
Lobero LIVE is funded in part by the Events and Festivals Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. Additional sponsorship for the Lobero Series of Wits is provided by Santa Barbara Independent and KCSB 91.9 FM.