The Catering Queen

Written by:

Alison Lawrence

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Comedy
Romantic Comedy

Themes:

Christmas
Death
Sex

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

2006

Synopsis:

“Welcome to Henderson Tessier McGuire & Smythe’s annual Christmas cocktail party, held at the gracious home of managing partner George Smythe and his lovely wife Buffy. It’s The Catering Gig From Hell.

Behind the scenes is Melanie, McKinley Catering’s supervisor, plating up hors d’oeuvres and juggling her career as a writer, her ex-boyfriend’s appearance on the arm of a gorgeous young lawyer and her friends’ expectations. Oh, and Cynthia’s there too, an actress not so happy to be wearing the catering bowtie, sniping at their old roommate Timothy, who’s making his first catering appearance in years. Eric’s there too, but he’s never a problem—Eric is the unflappable uber-caterer. Or is he?

There’s Christmas cheer, sex, romance, death, laughter, a vast array of appetizers and a whole lot of vodka and wine. But not for nothing is Mel known as…The Catering Queen.” (From the CPO Website.)

Characters:

Melanie / Cynthia / Timothy / Erik / Nick / Julia

First Produced:

2006, Toronto Fringe Festival; 2009, Tarragon Theatre Extra Space, Toronto, ON

Resources:

The Catering Queen is available through the CPO website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Two acts.

Find a bio of the playwright via Marquis Literary here.

Audience Choice Production, ‘Pick of the Fringe’

Dora Nomination for Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role: Mary Francis Moore

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