Sedona AZ (September 16, 2021) – Emerson Theater Collaborative presents the regional premiere of Frying pan unleashed by Jacques Lamarre, adapted from the book The raging pan by Chef Rossi and is produced by Camilla Ross and directed by Ashley Adelman. Rossi is the award-winning chef and owner of The Raging Skillet in New York City, “the wildest restaurant business in town”. The shows will take place October 1-2 at 7 p.m. and October 3 at 2 p.m. at the Sedona Arts Academy in Oak Creek Village.
Additionally, Chef Rossi will be signing copies of her book on September 29 at 4 p.m. at the Sedona Arts Academy. Members of the cast will also be in attendance. “Emerson Theater Collaborative is delighted to partner with Peregrine Book Company for this unique event,” said ETC Producer and President Camilla Ross. Chef Rossi will also attend theatrical performances and sign copies of his “Memories with Recipes”.
When Rossi’s Jewish mother discovered the microwave oven, homemade meals were a thing of the past. What started as a rebellion against her Orthodox parents, chauvinism in the kitchen, and pressures of conformism ends when she becomes New York’s No.1 punk-rock caterer. Rossi’s second memoir “The Queen of the Jews” is almost finished.
Stephanie Roosa is leading the cast as Chef Rossi, a role she first performed in 2019 at JCC Centerstage in Rochester, NY. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Out of Pocket Inc., a non-profit company whose mission is to use theater to give back to the community. Additionally, Stephanie also performs and directs local theaters in the Rochester, NY area. Some of Stephanie’s favorite acting roles have been Antonio in an all-female production of 12th night, April in Hot L Baltimore, The Bogle in Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol(Blackfriars Theater), Sunny in Exempt(Shipping dock), Charlotte in The revolutionaries , Lisa in good, Marthe in Children’s time(Out of Pocket Productions) and Josie in A moon for the ill-begotten(Rochester Irish Players) for which she won the 2012 Best Actress award at the Acting Irish Festival in Dublin, Ireland. The other passion of Stéphanie, which first attracted her to the role of Chef Rossi, is cooking. She hosts beer tastings at her church for their community garden that benefits their local food shelf and started a French pastry blog during the Covid quarantine. Stephanie lives in Western, NY with her husband Jeff and Okie, their rambunctious 2 year old lab mix. She graduated in theater from Knox College, in Galesburg, IL.
Lisa Schatz Glinsky will play Mother Rossi. She’s a local actress from Sedona who has acted her entire life. Originally from Chicago, Lisa began her career at age six performing on stage with Blossom Krasner Studios. She appeared in numerous performances throughout her teenage years. She choreographed a few musicals and then re-energized her acting career when she moved to New York City. While in New York, Lisa performed on regional stages before arriving in Sedona in 2008. Her credits include Love letters(produced by Emerson Theater Collaborative), Oklahoma, Guys and dolls, Annie, The story of the allergist’s wife ,California Suite,Plaza Suite ,45 seconds of Broadway ,The Wizard of Ozand several theatrical productions for children. Recently she appeared inVesta, produced by Emerson Theater Collaborative andThe mouth projectpresented by Red Earth Theater, which has performed throughout the state of Arizona. In addition, she starred in theLittle black dressreadings, the Sedona 24 Hour Theater and several Canyon Moon Murder Mysteries. Lisa is a retired interior designer, enjoys knitting, gourmet cooking, quilting and hiking. She thanks her husband, Martin and her wonderful children and grandchildren for supporting her acting career.
Kate Szekely, who plays DJ Skillet, is an actress, producer and teacher from Detroit, MI. She holds a BFA in Theater from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and their partnership with the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. From there, Kate plunged into the independent theater scene of downtown New York, becoming an actress and resident producer with Infinite Variety Productions (IVP), a non-profit theater company highlighting stories of women. incredible but unknown throughout history. With IVP, Kate traveled and performed internationally, most notably at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Kate now resides in Orlando, Florida, where you can find her working in film, television, and the Southeastern commercial scene, hiking in the woods, or paddling the mineral springs. Visit his website at kateszekely.com.
Raging Skillet events and shows are presented through generous grants from the City of Sedona and AZ Humanites and in cooperation with The Peregrine Book Company, a major sponsor of this event. Other sponsors include Sedona Business Referral’s Club, Hank and Sharyn Yuloff, Critter Control of Northern AZ, Freedman Crossett Financial Services, LLC, Sedona Digs Furniture, No Moss Brands, Gigi Rock Productions and Janet Webber.
All shows and events will take place at the Sedona Arts Academy in The Collective Sedona located at 7000 SR 179, Suite C-100 in the village of Oak Creek. For more information or to reserve your tickets by phone, please dial 860-705-9711.
Tickets are $ 35 to $ 55 and are available at bit.ly/ETC-ragin-skillet-21. For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, please contact Camilla Ross at 860-705-9711.
Raging Skillet Event Schedule at Sedona Arts Academy
Sep 29 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Book dedication and author event, in partnership with Peregrine Book Company
Door prizes and much more!
Unleashed pan performance
Friday October 1 at 7 p.m.
Saturday October 2 at 7 p.m.
Sunday October 3 at 2 p.m.