Westport-based JIB Productions has an antidote to the winter blues with its provocative series, Play With Your Food, featuring staged readings January through April. The series is a twist on dinner theater with three thought-provoking one-act plays staged at a variety of venues in Fairfield, Westport and Greenwich coupled with a luncheon catered by local restaurants. Nourishing the mind and body, each show lasts about 90 minutes, including lunch, and ends with an audience talkback with the cast, artistic director Carole Schweid and sometimes even the playwright.
The series, which officially launched in 2005 by the nonprofit organization, routinely sells out and attracts top talent in the form of actors and playwrights. Schweid, producer Diana Muller and their team read hundreds of plays throughout the year and attend many one-act play festivals to ferret out clever and well-written plays from both established and emerging playwrights.