Hartford's TheaterWorks presents the world premiere of "I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti," a stage adaptation based on the best-selling memoir by Giulia Melucci.
Rob Ruggiero directs the stage adaptation written by Jacques Lamarre. The show, which features live cooking on stage, will begin previews June 1, open on June 8 and run through July 9.
The show replaces Donald Margulies' "Time Stands Still."
No casting has been announced for the solo comedy.
The show is described; "Giulia is a single New Yorker who really knows how to deliver in the one room where it counts -- the kitchen. Publishing pro by day and domestic diva by night, she knows how to whip up mouth-watering Italian cuisine. Unfortunately, her prowess with pasta is not matched by her taste in men, who all seem to eat and run. Can she find Mr. Right or will she end up getting burned?"
The book got a cool blurb from a man who knows his pasta:
"Melucci's witty tales of New York romances intertwined with delicious recipes makes for a delightfully irresistible memoir. It's a foodie'sdream version of Sex and the City!" -- Mario Batali, Chef/Author
The other blurbs weren't so bad either: "Cook along with Melucci as she swims through the dating pool with pluck and unflagging humor." -- New York Times Book Review
"Wry, personable, and at times even snortingly funny . . . root for a woman who learns to nourish her own stomach -and soul-even when her heart's been flambéed." -- Entertainment Weekly
Lamarre is director of communications and special projects for the Mark Twain House & Museum. He also has held various communications and marketing positions at Hartford Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale School of Drama and TheaterWorks. He is also co-writer with Jeffrey Roberson, aka the drag performer Varla Jean Merman, of eight the performer's shows, including "The Girl with the Pearl Necklace," "The Book of Merman" and "Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads," which was also made into a film which he co-wrote with Roberson.
Lamarre's plays include: "Stool," "Gray Matters" and "The Family Plan."
Ruggiero's directing credits include Broadway's "Looped" with Valerie Harper and "High" with Katheen Turner, both by Matthew Lombardo. Off-Broadway he staged "Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn" and "All Under Heaven" (which premiered at TheaterWorks as "The Dragon and the Pearl"). He also staged the bio-musical "Ella," which has played at theaters across the country.
The final, fifth slot of the TheaterWorks 2011-12 season has also been changed. Karoline Leach's "Tryst" will replace Neil Labute's "Reasons to be Pretty" and will run Aug. 3 to Sept. 8. Joe Brancato will direct and will feature the same two actors who performed the roles when the psychological thriller played off-Broadway last year at the Irish Repertory Theatre.
Information: 860-527-7838 and www.theaterworkshartford.org.