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Written by Michael Gene Sullivan
Directed by Gary Graves
Produced in: 2014

A Central Works Script Club Selection

PART 1: Learn Michael Gene Sullivan’s unique definition of satire, and hear him explain why reality can never become so outlandish that it can’t be satirized.

Listen to his conversations with Patricia Milton – in 2 parts!



World Premiere #45

A new comedy about the Morning Glory Baking Circle for Revolutionary Self Defense.

A profoundly funny new work by Michael Gene Sullivan, resident playwright for the Tony award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Central Works serves up the laughs in this delicious take on a circle of sweet old grandmotherly bakers, who just happen to be dedicated to the armed overthrow of the United States government.  But baking pies and cakes isn’t enough to satisfy these four intrepid refugees from the 60’s (and 50’s, and 40’s), and their burning desire to “Up the Revolution!”

Production sponsor: Erica Nietfeld

This production was also made possible with the support of the City of Berkeley Arts Grants ProgramFleishhacker Foundation, RHE Foundation, W & F Hewlett Foundation, Wilder Green Fund and Zellerbach Family Fund.

Watch the trailer!

Read the Radical Recipe Blog!

Diane: Velina Brown*
Ruth: Tamar Cohn
Lillian: Phoebe Moyer*
Helen: Lynne Soffer*
Janice: Jan Zvaifler

Stage manager: Vanessa Ramos
Costume design: Tammy Berlin
Lighting design: Gary Graves
Sound design: Gregory Scharpen
Prop & Pastry Design: Debbie Shelley & Robin Valerie Low

*member AEA

Velina Brown* is the intrepid reporter who
interviews the members of the “Morning Glory
Baking Circle for Revolutionary Self Defense”
in Michael Gene Sullivan’s Recipe

Photo by Jim Norrena

Tamar Cohn as Ruth in Recipe by Michael Gene Sullivan.
“She’s always been in one movement or another…”

Photo by Jim Norrena

Jan Zvaifler, Lynne Soffer*, and Phoebe Moyer*:
“The Revolutionary Baking Circle for Self Defense!”

Recipe by Michael Gene Sullivan

Photo by Jim Norrena

* member Actors Equity Association

Velina Brown* may not be who she seems
in Recipe by Michael Gene Sullivan.

Photo by Jim Norrena

Recipe: Playwright salutes older women in political farce” – Chad Jones,  SF Chronicle, 96 Hours

“Central Works stages a food fight…A tasty treat” – Robert Hall, Repeat Performances and Hills Papers

“If this is your cup of tea (or slice of cobbler!), you’ll have a good time” – Charles Kruger, TheatreStorm

“Little Old Ladies Share a ‘Recipe’ for Revolution”- Sam Hurwitt, KQED Arts

Recipe a witty comedy about revolutionary bakers” – Jean Schiffman, San Francisco Examiner

“The show is belly-laugh hysterical” – SF Theater Blog

Read The Radical Recipe Blog!

Watch the trailer:


On August 26, 2012, a reading of RECIPE  at Theatricum Botanicum featured Cloris Leachman, Amy Madigan, Wendie Malick, Jean Smart and Lisa Bonet with Joe Mantegna narrating.   RECIPE went on to win the 2013 Isreal Baran Award.