by Jen L.
My friend and colleague, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, who is a phenomenal playwright, a great artist and just a cool person to hang around, has a brand new project premiering this week. THE CHAT AND CHEW SUPPER CLUB was born out of Elyzabeth's need to reconnect with her writing and other grown-ups after a year at home with her new daughter.
Now you know us southerners--everything important happens in our kitchens. I, for one, have participated in important meetings via telephone while elbow-deep in cookie dough. This project is a great way to combine all Elyzabeth's talents and passions into one grand evening. Imagine--a fun night out involving food (the tie that binds us all), conversation (something a lot of us, particularly new parents, are hungry for), some laughs and maybe even a new friend or two.
The "performance" starts out with a monologue, performed by Elyzabeth herself, while she cooks dinner. (Multi-tasking FTW!) Once she's done, the meal is served and guests have the opportunity to talk, using the performance as an ice-breaker. I've always loved dinner theatre, mostly because you get dinner AND a show for one (usually) affordable price. This seems to take it one step further, truly capturing "audience participation" as the patrons stay for dinner with the artist.
If you're in the region, be sure to check out the Chat and Chew Supper Club blog for show times, location and ticket prices. Having worked on one of Elyzabeth's plays AND having tasted a few things that came from her kitchen, I can tell you it'll be worth it.
Image credit: Chat and Chew Supper Club Blog