Constance Zaytoun And Marc Stuart Weitz Serve-Up Laughs With CONSTANCE COOKS
Theater veterans turned co-creators Constance Zaytoun and Marc Stuart Weitz serve-up plenty of laughs with their new comedy-meets-cooking series, CONSTANCE COOKS, premiering as 'Best Pilot' award nominee at the 2018 NYC Web Fest on November 8th.
Loosely based on her real life, this single camera comedy crossed with a cooking show follows Constance (Zaytoun), a 40-year old professor with a problem. Rather than use her PhD to pay off her crippling student loans, she slings cocktails and dreams of hosting a cooking show featuring New York artists in her tiny Chelsea apartment. Will Constance's culinary quest lead to a recipe for life, or will she fall flat on her face like a bad soufflé?
At the end of each narrative episode, Constance demonstrates - using time-lapse filming - an actual recipe that gives a surprise twist to her original plan. Her classic taste and old-school techniques provide an antidote to the humiliations she endures on her quest.
"The show is inspired by the women I know. The crazy choices we've made - the loans we've taken - to stay in New York City and make art. We're stuck in a generational place filled with anxiety, irony, passion, and lots and lots of laughter," shares Zaytoun.
To get CONSTANCE COOKS out of her head and onto the screen, Zaytoun teamed up with her real-life partner Weitz. "The character of Constance is a little out-of-step with what's hip and current, and it leads to some hilarious results," Weitz explains. "She wonders if she's too old to accomplish what she wants, but it's a hopeful story about perseverance and the power of staying true to yourself."
To sweeten the recipe, this creative duo brought in award-winning indie director Rosalie Tenseth (After; Failure Groupies), Emmy-winning producer and culinary producer David Domedion (Food Network's Frontier Woman), 2014 Zeiss Precision Image Award winning director of photography Jamal Solomon (HBO's Flowers), award-winning line producer Richard Kim (Moko Jumbie) and Swiss singer/songwriter Eliane Amherd to contribute her original music.
The on-screen flavor comes not only from Zaytoun and Weitz, but also thanks to a well-seasoned cast, including Marylouise Burke (The Mist), Lynne Marie Rosenberg (High Maintenance), Matthew Lawler (ABC's The Family) and veteran actor Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (The Wire, The Good Cop).
CONSTANCE COOKS is not the first outing for this creative couple. Together with their theatre company, Purpleman, Zaytoun and Weitz have presented new works by Carson Kreitzer, Jon Marans, Deb Margolin, Moby Pomerance and others.
Originally from North Carolina, Zaytoun is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (BA), New York University (MA), and CUNY Graduate Center, where she earned her Ph.D. A powerhouse actress, the New York Times touted, "Ms. Zaytoun indulges in a comic tour de force!" for her recent performance in the Off-Broadway production of Paula Vogel's And Baby Makes Seven.
Weitz is currently the Producing Director for the Obie Award-winning New Ohio Theatre and founder of the NY Indie Theatre Film Festival. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, before earning an MFA in Acting at the American Conservatory Theater.
'CONSTANCE COOKS' - Premieres at 2018 NYC WEB FEST
Date/Time: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:00PM
Venue: Peoples Improv Theater, 123 E. 24th Street, NY, NY 10010
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