With Café Play, This Is Not A Theatre Company transformed the historic Cornelia Street Café into an immersive and interactive theatrical wonderland. Café Play explored everything from the customers to the waitstaff to the cockroach on the floor, offering a unique glimpse into the lives of New Yorkers. Scenes run the gamut from the hilarious to the profound and transformative.
Breakfast performances (10:30am) included coffee and a breakfast pastry; lunch performances (12:30pm) included a light lunch (salad); afternoon tea performances (3:00pm) included tea and a pastry; late night performances (10:30pm) included a glass of Cornelia Street Cafe’s signature wine.
Café Play was conceived and directed by Erin B. Mee with scenes by Jenny Lyn Bader, Jessie Bear, Erin B. Mee, and Colin Waitt, and choreography by Jonathan Matthews. It featured Trinity Bobo, Caitlan Lattimer, Jonathan Matthews, Jimmy Schatz, Jessica-Brittany Smith, and Amanda Thickpenny, and the voice of Kathleeen Chalfant as the teacup Rosebud Royale.
Café Play ran for 7 weeks from October 4, 2017 to November 15, 2017, including a special child-friendly performance on October 13, 2017.
"Café Play is a genuine exploration of the way we live now that offers plenty of laughs, charming innovation, aching vulnerability, and the bite of incisive social satire." - No Proscenium
"Café Play might not be the flashiest immersive shows you experience, but it is likely to be among the most human and intimate." - New York Theatre Review
"...Gentle, but assured, direction. Each scene in the play feels like an oxymoron: an elaborate gourmet dish prepared on a whim." - Stage Buddy
"There is a rare beauty and lightness in the way that Café Play does not demand much of its audience. Yet at the same time, it’s rich in flavor, with a variety of textures. Like a box of chocolates, Café Play is sure to have at least one of your favorites." - Theatre Is Easy
"Café Play is a rare, blissful experience" - Theater Pizzazz