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'Play With Your Food' serves up new season in Westport

The Play With Your Food lunch-time theater series will kick off Tuesday, Jan. 7, through Thursday, Jan. 9, at Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road East.

The program, from noon to 1:30 p.m., includes a gourmet buffet lunch and dessert catered by the Pantry of Fairfield, followed by one-act play readings by professional actors.

Three readings will be presented at the January program including "Package Deal" by comedy writer Frederick Stroppel featuring actress Patricia Kalember of Weston, who is best-known for TV work on "Sisters," "Thirty Something," "Law & Order," and "White Collar."Also planned is a reading of "Finding Mona Lisa", by Florida playwright Michael McKeever who explores the intimate relationship between men of power and the subjects they love and want to possess.

The third reading, an excerpt from "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," Neil Simon's 1969 Broadway hit later turned into a film, follows the story of Barney Cashman, a seafood restaurateur, who is desperate to join the "sexual revolution" before it's too late. Veteran actors Barbara Rhoades of Weston and Tom Zingarelli of New Haven clash in this battle of wits.

There will also be a post-show discussion at the performance at Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road East. Tickets are $43 with lunch included.

The same program is planned for the Fairfield Theatre Company StageOne, 70 Sanford St. in Fairfield, on Jan. 14, also from noon to 1:30 p.m. The season will continue with monthly performances in Westport, Fairfield and Greenwich through April.

"Our goal in programming is always to present well-written, engaging plays that, while pleasurable, somehow also manage to deliver a punch," said Artistic Director Carole Schweid. "I'm really pleased with the 2014 line-up."

Additional highlights of the 2014 Play With Your Food season include: excerpts from Noel Coward's "Private Lives", featuring TV and film personalities Daniel Gerroll and Patricia Kalember, who recently performed the work together at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. "The Audience," a well-received new play by Peter Morgan that is attracting sell-out crowds in London and spans the lifetime of Queen Elizabeth, will include OBIE winner, E. Katherine Kerr in the cast. Also on the roster are David Auburn's dark comedy "Amateurs," "The Interview" by A.R. Gurney and Arthur Miller's glimpse at immigration in "Grandpa and the Statue."

Additional performances at Toquet Hall are planned for Feb. 4-6; March 4- 6; and April 1-3. At the Fairfield Theatre Company, productions will also be held Feb. 11, March 11 and April 8.

Tickets for Play With Your Food are $43 per show and include lunch. To purchase tickets and for a complete schedule, visit www.jibproductions.org, call the box office at 203- 293-8831, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.jibproductions.org, e-mail info@jibproductions.org or call 203-293-8831.