Live Theater and a Talkback with Valerie

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Two one-act plays and my appearance following the performance!

One of the delights in the world of theatre is a crisp, well-constructed one-act play.

The story is told in full, the characters are well developed, and the piece ends in a brisk manner.

There is a theatre company that has made it its mission to celebrate the one-act play, showcasing seasoned and award-winning actors, writers, and directors.

The company is Food For Thought Productions, now in its 21st year. They will be presenting the final show of their spring season, with two one-acts that revolve around the subject of secrets:

Live Theater and a Talkback with Valerie

Tennessee Williams’ Something Unspoken and Susan Charlotte’s The Hairdresser. June 28 at 2 PM, the show will be performed live at Theatre 80 St Marks and can also be viewed through zoom. The limited capacity theatre audience will be part of a documentary being filmed on FFTP.

Directed by Food For Thought’s resident director Anthony Marsellis, the one-acts will feature Tony Nominee Penny Fuller and Emmy Nominee Stephen Schetzner.

 I am proud to announce that following the performance, I will join Louise Lasser (who has performed in a production of The Hairdresser) in a Q & A.

Live Theater and a Talkback with Valerie
Photo credit: Tristan Fuge

Tickets for the live performance are free to first come patrons (who have agreed to be part of the documentary). All social distancing precautions will be observed. A medical professional will be onsite to check temperatures, and audience members must wear masks and have recently tested negative for Covid 19.

There will be a nominal charge for the streaming ticket.

I hope you will join me and the upcoming presentation from the fabulous Food for Thought theatre company.


  • Valerie Smaldone

    Valerie Smaldone is a 5-time Billboard Magazine Award winner and is well known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 on-air position in the New York radio market on 106.7 Life-FM, an iHeart station. She has hosted, produced, and created several award-winning nationally syndicated programs featuring in-depth interviews with stars like Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Mariah Carey among others. Her radio talk show "Bagels and Broadway" highlighted theatre and food personalities. She is an accomplished interviewer and voice artist heard on commercials, narrations, promos and audiobooks, as well as a sought after live announcer. Most recently, Valerie produced and directed a film, The Thursday Night Club, featuring pop diva Gloria Gaynor in her movie acting debut. She is one of the creators and producers of a docu-series, Divine Renovation, starring Erik Estrada, on streaming networks soon.

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