I LOVE TO EAT
by Pulitzer Prize finalist James Still
Directed by Associate Artistic Director Clifton Guterman
Starring William S. Murphey as James Beard
April 10-May 5, 2019
1984. Manhattan. “In the beginning there was Beard,” said Julia Child of the first TV chef whose charisma transformed him from aspiring actor to culinary expert. A flamboyant yet introverted gastronomist, James Beard was his own greatest promoter and harshest critic. He weathered shifts in foodie culture for half a century, and the award bearing his name today is craved by chefs worldwide. Drop into Beard’s Greenwich Village kitchen for bean-spilling anecdotes, on-air flashbacks, and a salty voyage around the world of love, life, and comfort food. Sit close and sample a taste!
William S. Murphey* – James Beard
Clifton Guterman – Director
Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay – Scenic Designers
Rob Dillard – Lighting Designer
Jeff Cone – Costume Designer
Adam Howarth – Sound Designer
Nick Battaglia – Properties Designer
Barbara Gantt O’Haley* – Production Stage Manager
Clifton Guterman – Associate Artistic Director/Casting Director
*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Theatrical Outfit, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
PERFORMANCE DATES & TICKETS
Previews: April 10, 11 and 12, 2019 at 7:30pm
Opening night: April 13, 2019 at 7:30pm
Regular performances: April 14 - May 5, 2019
Added Wednesday evening performance: April 17, 2019 at 7:30pm
Added weekday matinee: April 18, 2019 at 11:00am
Pay What You Can Industry performance: April 29, 2019 at 7:30pm
Theatrical Outfit’s regular performances of I Love to Eat are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30PM. Tickets range from $18-$51 and may be purchased online at www.theatricaloutfit.org or by calling 678.528.1500. Group pricing is available. For info, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ticket prices are subject to availability. Fees and taxes apply. Order early for best pricing. I Love to Eat runs ninety minutes with no intermission.
Consider taking MARTA to Theatrical Outfit! The Peachtree Center station is only two blocks north on Peachtree Street – easily walkable.
PAGE TO STAGE TALKBACKS, sponsored by Macy’s
Fridays, April 19 and 26 post-show
Representatives from the cast, creative team, and staff share how they moved the show from script to finished production.
PUBLICITY AND PRODUCTION PHOTOS (when available) may be accessed and downloaded directly HERE.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta's Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. Additional support from: Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB Radio, Georgia Council for the Arts, Turner Broadcasting, Publix Super Markets Charities, Macy’s, Kilpatrick Townsend, The Shubert Foundation, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.
ABOUT OUR VENUE: I Love to Eat plays at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Theatrical Outfit utilizes a Loop Listening System, making The Balzer Theater at Herren’s the first theater in the state of Georgia to incorporate this technology. Attendees with T-coil hearing aids may participate automatically, and others needing enhancement may obtain system-compatible headsets from our lobby Box Office.
ABOUT THEATRICAL OUTFIT: Atlanta’s second-oldest continuously-operating professional theatre company was founded in 1976 and has been led by Artistic Director Tom Key since fall 1995. Key led the company through the creation of its award-winning downtown home, the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, the first U.S. theater to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Balzer Theater is also the historical site of Herren’s, the first restaurant in Atlanta to voluntarily desegregate in 1962; its first African American patrons, Dr. Lee and Delores Shelton, remain Theatrical Outfit patrons. Key's programming of classics, regional and world premieres, and musicals tell soul-stirring stories, with themes that explore diversity, equality, ethnicity, race, and religion; and often feature the best writers of the American South, including Ernest Gaines, Lauren Gunderson, Horton Foote, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Janece Shaffer, Sherry Shephard-Massat, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, and Tennessee Williams. After ten years of capital investment, T.O. is in new territory. Having retired its mortgage, the staff, trustees, and artists have launched a new 2018-2020 Strategic Plan designed to produce great art, diversify and grow our audience, increase revenue and reserves, develop artists who contribute to the dramatic canon, and maintain an effective organization.
OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.