Gravy, written and directed by Dana Tarantino, was presented in early March at the Here Performing Arts Center where it was selected as a finalist in the 11th Annual Downtown Urban Festival. Gravy will also have a limited engagement at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Midtown on April 25, 26, 27 and 28.
Subtitled “A Passive-Aggressive Italian American Comedy,” Gravy revolves around a day in the life of Angela, an Italian American housewife. With no family members around to help her prepare dinner, Angela invites the audience to keep her company while she prepares dinner, generously sharing her recipes of gravy and meatballs and revealing the secrets of what makes her version of this classic dish so special. As she demonstrates each step of the recipe, Angela shares family secrets and explains the significance of various Italian customs for everything from the intricacies of preparing for Christmas Eve to which saints to ask for favors and, very importantly, how to thwart someone who’s cursed you with the “evil eye."
Dana Tarantino is a recipient of the Madolin Cervantes Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation at Lincoln Center. Among her many New York directing credits are The Swede, Hamlet, Cabaret, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Chiaroscuro, Vanities, Sweeney Todd, the off Broadway comedy Lady L, and the 50th Anniversary of West Side Story at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater. Her musical staging has been featured for the Coca Cola concert series at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, Westbury Music Fair and Town Hall. Her playwriting credits includeChiaroscuro, Renata, and Lady L (published 2012 by Bechavn Press). Her one act play, Gravy, was also written as a potential pilot for a cable network series. She holds a Ph.D. in theatre from NYU and is a member of the Dramatists Guild (DG), and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC).
Gravy stars Marianne Ferrari as "Angela." Ms. Ferrari has appeared in God of Carnage (Annette Raleigh) at Theatre By The Sea, Into The Woods (Jack's Mother) at the Twin Tiers Theater Festival. Off Broadway: Guido Girl (her solo play) at Emerging Artists Theatre and at The Prospect Theater Company, Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Mrs. Warren) at 78 Street Theatre Lab. Marianne has appeared in numerous productions in New York, Los Angeles, and regionally including the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Most recent film credit: Stage II directed by Lara Gallagher. Most recent TV: Without a Trace.
Thursday through Sunday, April 25th - April 28th at 7:30 PM
Theater: Laurie Beechman Theater at the West Bank
Address: 407 W. 42nd St
New York, NY 10036
Cost:$15 (plus $15 food/beverage minimum)
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