On Stage

LizThe Book of Liz

by The Talent Family of David and Amy Sedaris
Presented by The Custom Made Theatre Co.
in association with Unidentified Theatre

directed by Christopher Jenkins

starring Carly Cioffi, Marilet Martinez, Jeff Moranand Mike Newman

About The Book of Liz

Sister Elizabeth Donderstock is Squeamish, has been her whole life. She makes cheese balls (traditional and smoky) that sustain the existence of her entire religious community, Clusterhaven. However, she feels unappreciated among her Squeamish brethren, and she decides to try her luck in the outside world. Along the way, she meets a Cockney-speaking Ukrainian immigrant couple who find her a job waiting tables at Plymouth Crock, a family restaurant run almost entirely by recovering alcoholics. The alcoholics love her. The customers love her. Her Danderfrock fits right in.

Things are going great for Liz, until she's offered a promotion to manager. Unfortunately, Liz has a sweating problem, and to get the job, she'll have to fix it.

Meanwhile, back at Clusterhaven, Liz's compatriots just can't seem to duplicate her cheese ball recipe, and it's going to cost them their quaint, cloistered lifestyle. They are panic-stricken and desperate, and sure she sabotaged the recipe. Does Liz go through with the operation? Can the Squeamish be saved? Will the cheese balls ever taste good again? The answers to these and so many other questions can be found in the brilliant comedy from the Talent Family, David and Amy Sedaris.

Production Photos

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Jeff Moran, Marilet Martinez, Carly Cioffi, Mike Newman
LizMike Newman, Jeff Moran, Carly Cioffi
LizJeff Moran, Marilet Martinez, Mike Newman
LizCarly Cioffi, Mike Newman
LizJeff Moran
LizJeff Moran, Carly Cioffi

Cast and Crew


Carly Cioffi, a recent NYC transplant, is thrilled to be making her Bay Area acting debut with Custom Made.  Recent NYC acting credits include: They're Just Like US (CollaborationTown), The Deepest Play Ever: The Catharsis of Pathos (NYC Fringe/Fringe Encores), and Townville! (LaMaMa ETC).  Carly received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University.

Mike Newman is pleased to make his Bay Area acting debut with The Book of Liz. A graduate of the Old Globe acting program in San Diego, Mike's favorite roles have included Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Alfred in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Jeff Moran, a newly minted San Franciscan, is pleased to make his CMTC debut.  He has acted up and down the peninsula working with Berkeley Rep., TheatreWorks, New Conservatory Theatre, Renegade Theatre Experiment, and many others.  He is a proud member of Theatre Bay Area and hopes you enjoy the show. 
Marilet Martinez is thrilled to be working with Custom Made!  Some of her favorite roles include Romeo(Woman's Will); Nena in Santos and Santos (Teatrovision), written and directed by Octavio Solis; and Jessie/Olivia from Dog Lady/ Evening Star (Teatrovision) directed, by Wilma Bonet.  She is a teaching artist for Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Story Builders program.  This one’s for "The Rooster"! 


Christopher Jenkins (Director) is the founding artistic director of the Unidentified Theatre Company. He was also the producer of the San Francisco production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. His most recent west coast directing credits are Burn This, Matt and Ben, In The Garden, The Food Chain and Rescue and Recovery. Before moving to the Bay Area, he was the managing director for Buffalo United Artists, for which he directed more than 30 productions, including As Bees in Honey Drown, and Unidentified Human Remains and The True Nature of Love. For Custom Made he has directed the Bay Area Premiere of Mark Eisman's Shove and Woody Allen's God and Death.

Marci Ring (Set and Light Design) bio coming soon

Nova Parrish (Stage Manager) bio coming soon

Stephanie Pope (Costume Design) bio coming soon

Amy Sedaris' Cheese Ball Recipe!

from http://www.jerriblank.com/amybust.html

2 8 oz. packages cream cheese
2 cups shredded smoked Gouda
1 stick butter (Amy uses unsalted for everything)
2 tbsp. milk, cream, or half-and-half
2 tsp. A-l steak sauce
2 cups crushed nuts, any variety (Amy likes walnuts)
crackers for serving

Allow ingredients to soften to room temperature.
Beat them all together in a mixing bowl and form into a ball, or form into several small balls to suit your function/needs. Roll in crushed nuts and refrigerate. Remove from refrigerator and allow to soften about 20 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers of your choice.

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