directed by MARIANNE DE PURY

Spellbinding...” – Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
a "sizzling, dazzling" show that "resonates with brilliance..." -- Mark Bretz, Ladue News
Linda Kennedy fills the evening with power, with touches of humor, with beauty and grace...” – Steve Callahan, KDHX
"Chef deftly explores violence against women, and survival” – Paul Friswold, RFT
"It’s impossible not to be moved by this gripping material..." -- Lynn Venhaus, St. Louis Limelight
[Linda Kennedy] always seems to know what to add to a character, to make it rise and breathe, and how to give it spice and texture ” – Richard Green, Talkin' Broadway

Upstream Theater is excited to host renowned Swiss director Marianne de Pury who will stage the US premiere of the award-winning CHEF by UK/Egyptian playwright and poet Sabrina Mahfouz—the gripping story of how one woman went from being a haute-cuisine head chef to a convicted inmate running a prison kitchen. Leading us through her world of mouth-watering dishes and heart-breaking memories, Chef questions our attitudes to food, prisoners, violence, love and hope. 

read Linda's interview with STL mag here


SEPT 28-30, OCT 4-7, 11- 14, 2018

Kranzberg Arts Center (501 N. Grand @ Olive)
All shows at 8 PM except Sundays at 7 and last Sunday at 2 PM
Running time approx. 1 hr. 10 min.
Tickets $35 general, $30 for seniors 65 and over, $25 for full-time students with valid ID
Season passport (3 shows) = $80
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