Area Premiere
By James Still
Directed by Leon Major
October 17 – November 4, 2012

Round House Theatre Bethesda

Before Julia Child, Emeril, and the Food Network, there was television’s first chef, James Beard, who brought fine cooking (and his jolly presence) to the small screen in 1946. The author of 20-plus cookbooks, his message of good food, honestly prepared with fresh ingredients, helped establish an American cuisine.

This delightful, affectionate portrait of America’s first foodie gives an intimate look at someone who exuberantly embraced every aspect of life – but may have wanted too much. Nick Olcott portrays the culinary maestro described as “the face and belly of American gastronomy,” a man who loved both food and life.

Not every play shares tips on making the perfect hamburger!

“Beard was the quintessential American cook. Well-educated and well-traveled during his eighty-two years, he was familiar with many cuisines but he remained fundamentally American. He was a big man, over six feet tall, with a big belly, and huge hands. An endearing and always lively teacher, he loved people, loved his work, loved gossip, loved to eat, loved a good time.” – Julia Child

Recommended for age 15 and above

Sponsored in part through generous support from Pasternak & Fidis

“Captures Beard’s zest for life…[his] wistfulness, anger and sense of wonder”
– Indianapolis Star

For info about audience events - including the Parents’ Matinee (childcare for ages 3-12, must be potty trained), pre- and post-show discussionsaudio-described and sign-interpreted performances – click here.

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Online resources from The James Beard Foundation:

The James Beard Foundation has lots of great information available online:

“About James Beard”

An annotated list of Beard’s books, including Beard on Bread

A video about Beard from Oregon Public Broadcasting

A photo library featuring many pictures of James Beard in the Beard House