FULL LENGTH PLAY
PAGES - 104
ENSEMBLE CAST - 5 Female and 4 Male Roles
SYNOPSIS - PORK ROLL EGG & CHEESE begins with someone stealing the bread and baked goods deliveries from the Garden State Breakfast Shop before it opens up.
Jimmy Tomaso and his three daughters run the sandwich shop on the Jersey Shore. Jimmy is a "dinosaur" now in this #Me-too world and is constantly being corrected by his 3 daughters on how to talk correctly "in mixed company" as his livelihood is threatened when and Indian woman and her son open a breakfast shop across the street from the family business. The three daughters have their issues too!
Jimmy cannot handle the fact that after thirty years of serving breakfast to the community that another business will open that also sells breakfast to the beach going crowd. The girls have to deal with their father while trying to grow and fulfill their dreams, but dad is having a hard time with the new relationships and the new competition.
HISTORY - PORK ROLL EGG & CHEESE was developed in weekly workshops at La Strada Ensemble in Asbury Park New Jersey and The Actors Gym in New York City under guidance of their directors and critiques from their membership.
“If Clifford Odets had been a gentile from New Jersey and knew something about food, he might have written PORK ROLL, EGG & CHEESE, a Mulligan stew of a play with lots of varied ingredients and a lot of flavor ("I was gonna blow up that bridge when I came to it" is worth the price of admission.) It's a story about growing and accepting change, about the New in New Jersey, about family, priorities, and the unifying qualities of highly salted pork by-products. Do not produce this play unless your audiences and actors like to have good, salty fun. ” Kerr Lockhart
“A delightful family/generational comedy drama, "Pork Roll, Egg & Cheese" piles on the issues facing a not-so-politically correct 20th Century man as he tries to negotiate his way through an Uber-sensitive 21st century world. Cavanaugh skillfully maneuvers through the various troubles and traumas his multi-plot script generates, and the laughs are genuine (if sometimes decidedly NOT politically correct) and the feels are real. Oh, and if you're not familiar with Pork Roll, a number of us know it better as Taylor Ham. Whatever it's called, it's delicious. Like this play. ” Doug DeVita