Broadway's Patrick Ryan Sullivan and Matthew McGee Join freeFall's AN EMPTY PLATE IN THE CAFE DU GRAND BOEUF
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by BWW News Desk
No menu necessary at the world's greatest restaurant, the Café du Grand Boeuf in Paris. Why? "Because we have everything," headwaiter Claude (Matthew McGee) admonishes waiter-in-training Antoine (Greyson Lewis).
An Empty Plate features Patrick Ryan Sullivan as Victor. Mr. Sullivan has performed on Broadway as Gaston in Disney's Beauty and The Beast, Julian Marsh in 42nd Street as well as Stoker Barrett in Maury Yeston's Titanic. This is Mr. Sullivan's first appearance with freeFall.
An Empty Plate is directed by freeFall Artistic Director Eric Davis. Recently, Mr. Davis remarked on the charm and significance of Michael Hollinger's play. "An Empty Plate is the sort of play that is deceptively simple. Upon first reading it, it seems to be a light and frivolous evening of absurd fun, with a lot of heart. But as you get deeper into the play, it is really about a whole lot more than that. It works on so many levels that it can be enjoyed by such a wide range of audience members. Our production of Cabaret was like this. Some audience members enjoyed it as the iconic song and dance extravaganza that it is, while others appreciated it on a much deeper level, as a play about one of the most significant chapters in our history and the ways in which politics effect the lives of ordinary individuals. I'd say that An Empty Plate is ultimately about the nature of expectation and disappointment in our lives, and the things that make life worth living: great art, great literature, great food, great love, and great wine. All of these existential questions are pondered against the backdrop of a play that is a rollicking, almost farce-like romp."
An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf runs January 25 through February 17, 2013. Tickets are $39 or $46, depending on seating, with discounts available for students, teachers, seniors and military. $22 "rush tickets" are sold on an as-available basis 30 minutes before each show to students and teachers with ID's, and industry artists (show an AEA ID or your name in a printed program). An Empty Plate is sponsored by Patsy Anderson.
For more information and tickets visit www.freefalltheatre.com or call (727) 498-5205.