A cardboard cantata : a musical play

Continuing the Coffee House Club’s first Wednesday musical event series

Feb 1, 2023
5:30 PM | Bar opens
6:30 PM | Program
7:30 PM | Dinner
skylight gallery
Open to Coffee House and Salmagundi members
Program is FREE to attend
Eventbrite RSVP required
$50 + tax (no tip) for prix fixe dinner; includes wine
Reservations for dinner required; card payments only
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You will have the option of RSVP-ing for the event alone, or for both the talk and dinner. Dinner must be pre-paid via Eventbrite.
For any questions, please email Brittney at coffeehouseclub@hotmail.com

About the Event

A Cardboard Cantata, a musical play by Stephen Kennedy Murphy, recently debuted Off-Broadway at NYC’s Theater for the New City. Cantata follows the journey of Mary, who is searching for her homeless father, and Declan, the ex-priest who becomes entangled in her search.

Curated by Nancy Winston
With Sara James as Mary and Stephen Kennedy Murphy as Declan

Watch the Trailer


If you plan to stay for dinner, and would like to have the prix-fixe, you may pre-pay when RSVP-ing via Eventbrite to guarantee your prix-fixe meal reservation or order from the prix-fixe when you come in. Otherwise, you are welcome to order from the a la carte menu (wine is not included when ordering a la carte). Thank you!

About the Performers

Sara James is a UCLA graduate currently pursuing twin careers in acting and playwriting. In the past year she has appeared in various houses around the city, such as Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Theater for the New City. She made her playwriting debut last fall with her one act Execution Play at Emerging Artists Theatre and is currently working on her first full length, as well as a host of other one acts and a novel to boot. When she’s not being theatrical (a rare phenomenon), she can be found on TikTok where she has amassed a following of 869k. Double lives aside, she is looking forward to being with you live and making her Coffee House Club debut.

Stephen Kennedy Murphy is a stage director of theatre and opera. Murphy founded the Eugene O’Neill Festival in New York City. Festival highlights have included appearances by Liam Neeson and Al Pacino. In the Festival, he staged dozens of performances including the first productions of two O’Neill plays, Bread and Butter and The Personal Equation (with Ralph Waite). He is also a director of opera, a career begun with a production of Madama Butterfly at Los Angeles Opera starring tenor Placido Domingo. He is a former member of the directing staff of New York City Opera. He trained with Frank Corsaro at The Actors Studio and The Juilliard School, where he has staged performances at Alice Tully Hall, including his adaptation of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. He is the author of 30 plays including A Cardboard Cantata, his 11th offering at The Coffee House.