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The Lancaster Playhouse

The Art of Dining

A comedy by Tina Howe

Audition Location: The Records Center at 138 W. Chestnut St. in Lancaster, Ohio.

Details: Auditions will include cold readings from the script. Please also come prepared to talk for one minute about a food that you either love or hate. 

Times: Plan on arriving at 7:00PM and staying no later than 9:00PM. If you have to leave early, let us know. Looking for double the fun? Sign up for both audition dates.

Questions/Concerns: If you have questions or these dates and times can't work for you, please email Director PJ Aubrey at [email protected] Please put "The Art of Dining" Auditions in the subject line of your email. 

Rehearsals: A cast meet and greet and script readings will be held in August with rehearsals beginning in September. These will be coordinated with cast availability at the discretion of the director.

Performance Dates: October 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, and 24. You must be able to attend ALL performances.


Cal, a former New York lawyer, and his gourmet chef wife, Ellen, are living their dream. They have quit their lucrative jobs and gone deep into debt to open a small, elegant restaurant.  Cal's main preoccupation is paying back their start-up loan, and that means packing in the customers. Chef Ellen is preoccupied with the food's quality and stopping Cal from sampling the ingredients. As befits a play about food, this one is all about appetites: hers to cook, his to eat, and those of the diners who act out their own private dramas over dinner. There's a sensual middle-aged couple who go into paroxysms of ecstasy just reading the menu, three crass career women who struggle to order and/or eat, and, Elizabeth, a shy and neurotic writer who is dining with her prospective publisher. The play explores the relationship of each character to food while revealing everyone’s sensual, sexual, and social appetites, as well. The resulting compote is delicious. 


Ellen: co-owner and chef extraordinaire of The Golden Carrousel

Cal: co-owner and supple head waiter of The Golden Carrousel, Ellen’s husband

Hannah Galt: beautifully dressed and hungry

Paul Galt: beautifully dressed and hungrier

Elizabeth Barrow Colt: exceedingly shy and nearsighted, a writer, afraid of food

David Oslow: the head of his own publishing company, successful, at ease, son and spouse of good cooks

Herrick Simmons: enthusiastic and a good eater

Nessa Vox: easily upset and a more neurotic eater

Tony Stassio: perpetually on a diet and miserable


Please note: The Lancaster Playhouse is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We welcome and encourage people of all genders, races, ages, and abilities to audition.

Location: 138 West Chestnut St., Lancaster, OH (The Records Center)

Created by:   Lancaster Playhouse
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