LET ME COOK FOR YOU (U.S. Premiere)
Written and performed by Orietta Crispino
Directed by Liza Cassidy
September 2nd – October 2nd, 2022
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Let Me Cook For You is an epic journey through food, fashion, and fable. It is an invitation to a meal that is life itself, an offering of personal history as its main ingredient, a meditation on a life in service of others and on the kindness of strangers. It is a ritual of repetition and renewal, and a multi-sensory show that asks audiences to examine the stories and objects that make up a life. It focuses on the stories we repeat, the clothes we take from one place to another (in Orietta’s case, from Milan to New York), and the foods that remind us of our childhoods. By sharing a meal, touching fabrics rich with history, and listening closely together, audiences engage with and re-enact the moments of resiliency that define our sense of self.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Orietta Crispino (Playwright and Performer) is the Artistic Director of Theaterlab. Born in Italy, she graduated from the prestigious Piccolo Teatro School in Milan, where she worked with the major Italian directors Giorgio Strehler and Massimo Castri. She later taught acting and directing there. Among her many theatre projects are Passport No. 23.922, a piece she wrote and directed on the life of Tina Modotti; and a three year-project in Trieste directing the plays of Pirandello’s Italian contemporaries. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Ms. Crispino’s acting credits include The Library (Crossing the Line Festival, FIAF); In the House of My Beloved (WP Theater); The Living Room Series (HERE); Dancing, not Dead (The Internationalists); Dante’s Inferno (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum), and Snow in the Living Room (Theaterlab). Her most recent productions at Theaterlab are Three Sisters Come and Go; Snow in the Living Room, a retelling of the Brothers Grimms’ Snow White; and Let Me Cook For You, a collage of inherited myths and apocryphal histories, melding the intoxicating act of storytelling with the ritual of preparing food. In addition to her theatre work, Ms. Crispino has done art projects on the body in its performative aspect. Her body research culminated in a performance piece with the photographer Vibeke Jensen, Camera Obscura, shown at PS1 in New York, Bogota, and Trieste.
Liza Cassidy (Director) is an actor, dancer, and visual artist collaborating with Theaterlab since 2005. She co-created Let Me Cook For You at Theaterlab with Barbara Rubin and for the site-specific co-production with PopUP Theatrics Ana Margineanu in Brooklyn. She directed the workshop production of This Would Look Good on You last year at Theaterlab. She has performed in Orietta Crispino’s Snow in the Living Room, and Three Sisters Come and Go for Gia Forakis & Company’s Love In Space-time during a residency at Next Stage in VT, and for the Living Theater and Spoke The Hub Dancing productions. Her film work includes acting for directors Shannon Plumb and Bastein Solignac. As a visual artist, her latest project Women’s Receipts was seen at The Gallery at Theaterlab as part of the Hotel New Work | Open Studio Residency. She has been part of the Gowanus Open Studio tour. Recently, she relocated to Vermont where she continues her studio practice and art teaching.
Molly Shayna Cohen (Assistant Director) is a recent NYC-transplant from Baltimore. She is a freelance director, writer, actor, and producer for theatre and film, and began working at Theaterlab in 2022 as the Programs Associate. Their interactive interview-based multimedia installation Weaving a New Narrative was the recipient of the Maryland Humanities Major Grant Award and traveled across the state. She is a company member of the award-winning experimental theatre group The Acme Corporation, founding member of film collective Lux Daze Media, and Associate Artistic Director of Theatre of the Electric Mouth. Molly is the proud recipient of the Best Actor of Baltimore Award in 2020. mollyshaynacohen.com
Riva Fairhall (Lighting Designer)
is a Lighting Designer, recent graduate of Yale School of Drama, and mother to three hamsters. Selected designs include Choir Boy
(Yale Rep); Manning, Alice, Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play
(Student Directors Thesis); The Tempest
(Yale Shakespeare Research Project); Fireflies, School Girls
(Yale Cabaret); The Bakkhai
(Yale Summer Cabaret). She endeavors to be of joyful service and comes to every table as her full authentic self, embracing all corners of the humanity of her fellow collaborators as well as the characters in the stories she is privileged with the task of illuminating. Upcoming projects include: Red Bike
(New School), Dogs of Peace
(Long Island University). rivafairhall.com
Asa Marder (Sound Designer) works in Brooklyn NY, producing work across a variety of media, from recording and digital sound making, to oil painting and collage. Marder deploys his lifelong practices as a multi-instrumentalist, visual artist and architecture student, to contemplate the nature of harmony, relationship, and shared space. Marder has composed audio for theater, commercials and gallery installations. For two months in 2020 and 2022, he interned for record producer Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson, Tone-Loc,) where he studied music composition, mixing, and sound engineering. Marder recently received his BA from Bennington College with concentrations in Music and Visual Art.
COVID 19 Policy:
Boosters are required to enter the venue. Space capacity has been restricted to 15 seats for this intimate production. Let Me Cook for You is a theatrical experience where the audience consumes food as they consume the larger-than-life story. Guests are invited to take their masks off and participate in this crucial element of the experience. In order to keep everyone safe, we will require a negative COVID test within 24 hours of the performance. You may submit your own COVID test (any kind will work, including at-home rapids); we will also offer testing on-site. Those who wish to receive a test from Theaterlab on-site must email email@example.com
and request a test at least 48 hours before the show and arrive 30 minutes before the curtain time.
Sharing space is meant to be joyous and fulfilling, so thank you for respecting our covid testing guidelines to ensure all present can safely enjoy the show.
Allergen note : The meal served is meat, dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, and nut free. It does contain soy. The dessert served contains wheat, dairy, eggs, and nuts. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Theaterlab’s programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.