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Bon Appetit!
Photo by Daniel Region


Bon Appetit!
Bob Appetit!
Photo by Nitin Vadukul


Produced by Walking the dog Theater

Walking the dog Theater

In collaboration with Diamond Opera Theater and the Hudson Opera House


Diamond Opera Theater

Hudson Opera House


Theater. Opera. Chocolate.

Bon Appetit!

See, hear, taste Julia Child’s arrival in France in 1948, and how she discovered her life’s passion. Featuring Lee Hoiby’s Opera, Leonard Bernstein’s recipe song cycle "La Bonne Cuisine" and a taste of chocolate cake from local pastry chefs!

View Bon Appetit! photo gallery

Bon Appetit!

Directed and conceived by Benedicta Bertau
Set & Costumes: Katie Jean Wall
Lighting: Deena Pewtherer
Featuring Johnna Murray, and Mary Deyerle Hack (mezzo), Nina Fine (mezzo), Gili Melamed Lev (piano)
Food & Kitchen Consultant: Elaine Khosrova

At the Basilica Industria, 110 S. Front Street, Hudson, NY – just beyond the Hudson AMTRAK station.

8 shows only - September 10 - 11 & 15 $20 Night & Talk Back Night - 16 - 18 & 22 $20 Night & Talk Back Night - 23 - 24
All shows at 8 pm 

$20 Night & Talk Back Night = $20 Night & Talk Back Night


2010 WTD Theater card-carrying members ONLY:

Remember your password to make your reservation online (as sent to you in your membership letter). If you prefer, you can email your reservation to bbertau@wtdtheater.org


Please note:

Walking the dog Theater’s space at the Basilica Industria is a diamond in the raw.
Clean portable bathrooms are at your disposition.

Seating is general, so come in good time to reserve you place. The house opens 15 minutes before curtain, at 7:45 pm. All seats have excellent visibility and comfort.

Johnna Murray Camp
Photo by Daniel Region


BON APPETIT! is an evening of theater and opera celebrating Julia Child, her discovery of French food and French cooking. This performance event, conceived of and directed by Benedicta Bertau juxtaposes in a unique way the words of Julia Child with song and opera.

Actress Johnna Murray will bring Julia Child’s words as excerpted from her autobiography "My Life In France" written with Alex Prud’homme to life on stage.

Columbia County residents Mary Deyerle Hack and Nina Fine (both mezzo-sopranos) and Gili Melamed Lev (piano) will bring their talents to the musical aspects of the evening: Leonard Bernstein’ mini song cycle "La Bonne Cuisine" (four recipes) and Lee Hoiby’s chocolate-cake-baking opera "Bon Appetit!," a one-woman piece based on Julia Child’s cooking show. Favorites like "La Vie en Rose" and "I Love Paris" will also be heard.

Mary Hack

And as an added sense experience, a Columbia County pastry chef will offer chocolate cake samples for the audience to enjoy after every one of the only 8 shows!

Presented in the adventurous and romantic setting of the Basilica Industria in Hudson, this evening of theater invites audiences to experience some of the life and spirit of an exceptional woman: Julia Child came to France in 1948 with her husband Paul who worked as an artist for the United States Information Service. She was 36 years old when she discovered her life’s passion: French Cuisine. Bon Appetit! will take the audience into the whirlwind of Julia and Paul Child’s arrival in France, Julia’s discovery of a culture new to her, the awakening of her passion for French cooking, and the indelible legacy she left with her TV cooking shows.  WTD’s production is a tribute to Julia Child’s generous spirit, her funny, colorful, and fearless personality, as well as her unmistakably American “can-do” attitude which inspired American home cooks and America to renew its relationship to food, cooking, and eating.

Photo by Daniel Region

After the two first parts (the theater piece and the opera, we invite you to join us in the lobby for mini samples of chocolaty creations,
graciously donated by local pastry chefs known and unknown.

Friday, September 10
Julia Child's Chocolate Cake by Elaine Khosrova,
food writer and editor of CULTURE, a magazine all about cheese.

Saturday, September 11
Organic Chocolate Zucchini Cake created by Mary Koch and Mary Langley
Two Mary's Tea & Cake Company
"Find out more about our afternoon tea parties by calling 518.672.7475."

Wednesday, September 15
Sarah Lipsky's famous Chocolate Cake Bites

Thursday, September 16
Dairy-Free Chocolate Magic created by Rosalinda Guerra and Viola Silvan,
in honor of the Open Meadow Schoolhouse. Fall is in the air
and we are excited to welcome the new school year!

Saturday, September 18
Michael Hoffman's Chocolate Cake Creation

Wednesday, September 22
Jeanne Griffiths presents White & Dark Chocolate Marble Cake
TASTEFULLY DONE – A full service caterer
430 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.567.5204; www.tastefullydone.com

Thursday, September 23
Donald Bourque's take on Chocolate Cake

Friday, September 24
Sacher Torte presented by Julie Gale – owner of At the Kitchen Table Cooking School:
A hands-on approach to preparing healthy international home-cooking in a beautiful
teaching kitchen using the bounty of local organic farms.


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