DTF Wraps Up Season with ‘Slow Food’
Dorset Theatre Festival, under the leadership of artistic director Dina Janis and producing director Will Rucker, will begin performances of ‘Slow Food’ by Wendy MacLeod, the final production of the 42nd Season, on Thursday, August 22. The comedy stars Peri Gilpin in the role of Irene and Dan Butler as her husband, Peter. Greg Stuhr will play Stephen, the waiter. “Finding a truly funny comedy is rare these days,” said Janis. “Wendy’s play reminds me of Carol Burnett or Lucille Ball – it’s so much fun, but also a really touching story that we can all relate to.”
Dorset’s production reunites Gilpin and Butler, both of whom appeared on the NBC sitcom ‘Frasier.’ As Gilpin said in an interview in the summer issue of Stratton Magazine,
“Dan emailed me and said, ‘I wonder, are you really thinking of doing this?’ And I responded, ‘I totally am.’ I just hadn’t finished the script yet because it all came at a crazy time. Once I read it, I asked him, ‘Are you gonna do it?’ and Dan said, ‘I think I am.’”
Jackson Gay returns to Dorset to direct, having directed 2018’s Pipeline presentation of
‘Invictus Mingus’ by Frank Harts. Gay will be joined by scenic designer Antje Ellermann,
lighting designer Michael Giannitti and sound designer Sinan Refik Zafar.
‘Slow Food’ centers around Irene and Peter, who just want to have a nice meal out on their big anniversary in Palm Springs. But their highly neurotic waiter, Stephen, will not bring them their food, and everything goes horribly, ridiculously wrong. This absurd server will have them examining everything from their menu choices to their future together.
“I read [‘Slow Food’] and I was howling,” Gilpin said. “It’s so funny. It’s fantastic, and it’s so fun to read. I mean, this play is a riot.”
Playwright Wendy Macleod previously wrote ‘The House of Yes,’ the play that later became the Sundance Award-winning film of the same name.
‘Slow Food’ will run through Saturday, August 31, at the Dorset Playhouse on Cheney Lane in Dorset. Tickets are on sale now. The box office may be reached at 802-867-2223, Tuesday through Saturday, from 12 to 6 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets or subscriptions online, you can visit dorsettheatrefestival.org.