Introducing I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti with Director David Grapes II
Q: What is your concept for I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti?
A: It’s a different kind of experience for the audience. It’s very rare that you have someone cooking on stage, and that’s part of the show’s charm. Someone is on stage actually cooking a dinner, and we will select eight audience members to come up and have a meal. It’s a fun show based off of the memoir. It’s about a woman living in New York; it’s about her relationships. The concept for the show is to make the audience feel like they are in someone’s home and invited over for a dinner party. You are going to get an intimate experience with someone in their home. She talks about food, her love life, neighbors, and life in general.
Q: What about the show drew you to want to produce it?
A: I have worked with Kerri Jill Garbis before, and some of our LTR patrons will remember her from The Lady with All the Answers in her role of Ann Landers; it was another one-woman show. Kerri had approached me with the idea to produce the show at LTR because she had just done it in Boston. It’s the kind of show that is unique to LTR, a new script, and, I don’t think, has been done in Northern Colorado. I also felt like it was the right time to bring Kerri back and certainly the right show.
Q: Why should audiences come see the show?
A: It’s fun and very funny. It’s full of warmth and humor. I think that audiences always gravitate toward the kitchen when they are at a friend’s home, and they should feel like that during this show. Food is an emotional experience for a lot of people, so I think that the food combined with the script will be very relatable for the audience. It will be unlike what people are accustomed to seeing in the theatre.
Q: What should the audience take away from the show?
A: I hope they have some sort of emotional connection to the show. Maybe it reminds them of someone that they know that cooks or someone from their past where cooking and talking is a majority of the memories. I hope they relate to the show through any relationships or experiences that had to do with food. Also, it’s just a very nice story that is told in a very truthful and intimate way. And, hopefully people will pick up some cooking tips along the way.