“Our cast has done a magnificent job of bringing this hilarious story to life and I’m excited to thrust myself right into the middle of it,” said Bayless. “Returning to the stage for the first time since Cascabel in 2014 will be a thrill. I love the idea of being fully immersed in cooking and performing and having Amy onstage will bring an entirely new dimension to the project.”
Lauded as “a truly delicious spectacle for the audience…that’s worth seeing a second time” by Eater Chicago, the fully immersive event gives audiences the opportunity to sample food designed by Bayless, with cocktails and wine pairings by Lanie Bayless as the hilarity unfolds. Based on Bayless’ real-life experiences, the story is set during influencer night at The Contumacious Pig, one of the city’s hottest restaurants, when everything that could possibly go wrong occurs. From a sick head chef and unexpected health inspector to a spy from a competing restaurant and the bus boy hiding a wild pig, the evening is nothing short of hilariously chaotic.
In addition to Bayless and Rubenstein, the principal cast of a “A Recipe for Disaster” includes Emma Jo Boyden as Shelley, Marcus Jackson as Boris, Pablo Laucerica as Iggy, Ben Page as Jude, Ryan Reilly as Clyde, Desiree Staples as Loreen, Darian Tene as Kiki and Daniel Trinidad as Felix. The creative team for the show includes director David H. Bell who received a Jeff Award for his direction of Windy City Playhouse’s smash hit “Southern Gothic,” set designer William Boles, who received a Jeff Award for his design of Windy City Playhouse’s “The Boys in the Band” and costume designer Uriel Gomez who was nominated for a Jeff Award for his work on the same production. Rounding out the creative team is lighting designer Jared Gooding, sound designer Willow James and properties designer Caitlin McCarthy.
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