Sarah Einspanier’s Lunch Bunch, currently running off-Broadway at 122CC Second Floor Theatre, has extended performances through April 22. The play began performances on March 15, with a closing night originally set for April 8. The workplace comedy stars The Gilded Age star Louisa Jacobson.
Lunch Bunch is based on the real-life Bronx Defenders' lunch-sharing group, which Einspanier first heard about from a friend. The play explores how the characters cope with the systems that threaten their clients, and how lunch becomes a focus point for expressing care, competitiveness, and other feelings that can't be expressed.
Starring alongside Jacobson in the cast is Janice Amaya (Shhhh, Mushroom), Tala Ashe (English, The Vagrant Trilogy), Ugo Chukwu (Oklahoma!, What To Send Up When It Goes Down), David Greenspan (Dead Mother, She Stoops to Comedy), Francis Mateo (Love to Love You Baby, Mother Courage), Jo Mei (Anatomy of a Suicide, The Great Wave), and Julia Sirna-Frest ( [Porto], The Offending Gesture).
The script has almost no stage directions, with Einspanier making use of font sizes, codified punctuation, and spacing to layer the characters in moments of chaos and enforce moments of stillness.
Tara Ahmadinejad directs the production, which features set design by Jean Kim, costume design by Alice Tavener, lighting design by Oona Curley and Domino Mannheim, and sound design by Ben Vigus. Casting is by Stephanie Yankwitt and original casting is by Clubbed Thumb.
Einspanier first developed the play at Clubbed Thumb's Winterworks and Summerworks in 2019.