SPF 11: It’s Hot in the Kitchen
It’s Hot in the Kitchen was written in 2019 and makes its premiere with the Road Theatre Festival this summer; another production of it is scheduled for later this year in Kentucky. What interests and motivates me as a writer is uncomfortable, challenging conversation. I’m a pretty non-confrontational person, so it’s incredibly liberating to write characters that are messy and processing conflict – hopefully with humor and authenticity. Mary was my lens for this play, as older women characters are particularly within my wheelhouse and if you can’t laugh about hot flashes, you’re going to spend a lot of time crying!
It’s Hot in the Kitchen is about how we confront and handle change and choice in both ourselves and those we love. Mary and Dan are concerned about the choices their adult son Mike is making and find an easy scapegoat in Mike’s girlfriend, whose sudden appearance in their kitchen forces an awkward conversation that leaves Mary and Dan with more information than they may be willing or ready to deal with.
Patti Veconi is a Brooklyn-based playwright, music and drama teacher, director of youth theater, and dramaturg. Her plays have been produced in schools and theater festivals around the country and internationally. Patti is published in both the US and UK and was the recipient of the 2019 Beverly Hills Theatre Guild’s national competition for youth plays. Patti holds a BFA in music theater from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s degree in educational theater from New York University. She is also an avid vegetable gardener and quilter.