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Salem Theatre Company offers up An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf

Posted by Amanda Stonely  November 24, 2011 10:00 AM

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Brian Casey, Emma Cavaliere and Dann Maurno are featured in the cast of An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf which runs December 1 – 17 at Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette Street in Salem, MA.

The following was submitted by the Salem Theatre Company:

Salem, MA – The Salem Theatre Company takes you to 1961 Paris for Michael Hollinger’s “comic tragedy in seven courses,” An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf from December 1-17.

The staff of the Café du Grand Boeuf, the world’s greatest restaurant, anxiously awaits the imminent arrival of Victor, the Café's owner and sole patron.  But when "Monsieur" returns from the Madrid bullfights, disheveled and morose, his wish is simple: to die of starvation at his own table.  The frantic staff, whose very lives depend on Victor's appetite, try all means to change his mind.  Finally, they make a last-ditch effort: to prepare one final meal, but leave it entirely in the kitchen.  Instead they will describe it, course by course, over a series of empty platters.  The "feast of adjectives and adverbs" begins, celebrating the joys of cooking, sex, bullfighting and the collected works of Ernest Hemingway.

The Boston Globe calls it "…an absurdist tragicomedy…that manages to pay homage to Hemingway and Beckett in an…often hilarious existential romp."

The production is directed by Gary LaParl and features Andrew Winson, Dann Anthony Maurno, Emma Cavaliere, Brian Casey, and Sara Shea Maurno, all of Salem, and Sebastian Konarski of Middleton.  Mitch Kyle of Salem is Stage Manager.  Designers include Ryan Kasle (lighting), and Nathan Bertone (set) of Salem and John Fogle (sound, producer) of Marblehead.

The production runs December 1-17, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. at the Salem Theatre Company at 90 Lafayette Street, Salem.  Tickets are available online at or can be reserved for pick up at the box office by calling 978-790-8546 or emailing Online ticketing ends 24 hours in advance of each performance.  Pay  by cash or check at the door and get $3 off your ticket price.  Regular ticket prices are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $12 for students.

An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf is sponsored by Kimberley Driscoll and The Salem Five Charitable Foundation.


Wednesday night performances are discount nights for residents of Lynn, Peabody, Danvers, and Beverly.  Enjoy a discounted ticket price of $3 off regular ticket prices when reserving with the code “city”.

Our GLBT friends are invited to the Friday December 2 performance at a $3 discount.  Mention the code “Salem Out Loud”.

Sunday December 4 at 3:00 p.m. is our “Name Your Own Ticket Price” performance.

Finally, every night is discount night for members of the following:  Massachusetts Teachers Association, Peabody Essex Museum, House of Seven Gables, Salem Arts Association.

To make a reservation for one of the discount nights or as a member of a “discount partner” simply phone STC at 978-790-8546 or e-mail with your name, the performance date, how many in your party and your phone number.  Tickets will be waiting for you at the theatre 30 minutes before performance.  Please note that we take cash or checks only at the Box Office.  Unpaid tickets not picked up 10 minutes before show time may be released to the public if needed.


Michael Hollinger’s
An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf – a comic tragedy in seven courses
December 1 - 17
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Adults: $22, Seniors: $18, Students: $12
STC Theater – 90 Lafayette Street, Salem


The Salem Theatre Company - a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization – was founded in 2002 and enriches the artistic, cultural, and economic life of the Greater Salem region through the performance of classic, contemporary, and new works of exceptional theater.  The STC hopes to move and inspire, and to build connections with new, diverse audiences and theatre artists through the performing arts and arts education outreach.

STC‘s Season Nine is devoted to Grand Delusions: exploring the foibles, eccentricities, and boundaries of human imagination.

The company is led by Artistic Director John Fogle, Executive Director Gary LaParl, and Board President Peg Howard.  Details about tickets, the theater on Lafayette Street, and Season Nine are at

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