Conceived and directed by Erin B. Mee
Written by Jenny Lyn Bader, Jessie Bear, Erin B. Mee, and Colin Waitt
Choreography by Jonathan Matthews

Café Play transforms The Cornelia Street Café into an immersive and interactive wonderland. Offering a unique glimpse into the lives of New Yorkers – from the waitress to the cockroach to the teacup on the table – Café Play runs the gamut from the hilarious to the profound and transformative. Audiences enjoy a three-course dinner during the show (included in the ticket price) to fully immerse themselves in the world of the café. Café Play was conceived and directed by Erin B. Mee, written by Jenny Lyn Bader, Jessie Bear, Erin B. Mee, and Colin Waitt, and featured choreography by Jonathan Matthews.

Café Play ran from September 16 to November 5 at Cornelia Street Café.

Performers: Marisa LaRuffa, Caiti Lattimer, Jonathan Matthews, Richard L. McBride, Nicole Orabona, and Amanda Thickpenny


Voice Actors: Kathleen Chalfant, Nick Fondulis, and Jed Peterson

Stage Manager / Assistant Director: Andrew Wehnke


Dramaturg / Assistant Director: Ezra Brain


Sound Design: Jonathan Matthews and Evan Schwartz

Marketing Director: Halla Tryggvadottir 


Produced by TINATC and Halla Tryggvadottir


One of "the best Off-Off Broadway Shows in NYC" - Time Out New York


"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

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