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Widener University’s Lone Brick Theatre Company Presents An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf

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Widener's Lone Brick Theatre Company presents in the Marriott Dining Room from Feb. 14 - 17.

Widener University's Lone Brick Theatre Company presents Michael Hollinger's An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf.

WHERE: Widener University's Marriott Dining Room in the Academic Center North Building


  • Thursday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday February 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.


No menu necessary at the world's greatest restaurant, the Café du Grand Boeuf in Paris. Why? "Because we have everything," headwaiter Claude admonishes waiter-in-training Antoine. On this hot July night in 1961, the two join waitress Mimi and chef Gaston in awaiting the imminent arrival of Victor, the Café's owner and sole patron. But when "Monsieur" returns from the bullfights in Madrid, 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, but to no avail. Finally, they make a last-ditch plea: Out of respect for their life's work, will he let them prepare one final meal—provided they leave it in the kitchen? Instead they will describe it, course by course, over a series of empty platters. Victor reluctantly consents, and the "feast of adjectives and adverbs" begins...A "comic tragedy in seven courses" celebrating the joys of cooking, sex, bullfighting and the collected works of Ernest Hemingway.

An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf is directed by Casey Croson and stars Jared Zimmerman, Andrew Lichtenwaler, Juliana Scafidi, Gavin Poole, Brennon Conner Berger, and Namirah Stewart.

All performances are free and open to the public.

Lone Brick Theatre is Widener University's resident theatre company dedicated to producing non-traditional theatre through innovative scripts, staging, directing, and performance. Drawing from the talent and ingenuity of Widener's students, faculty, and staff alike, the company also seeks to give a creative voice to the rich diversity of the campus community while broadening the traditional role of theatre as a humanities discipline by actively seeking venues for cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,