Theatre Tuscaloosa - Spreading Joy
Theatre Tuscaloosa - Spreading Joy

Love & Cheese Toast

Love & Cheese Toast

by Cooper Shattuck


directed by Tina Turley


AACTFest Presentation:
June 16 at 4:15 p.m.

In-person Performances:
July 9 & 10

NOTE: If you have any of the following vouchers, they may be redeemed for tickets to the In-Person performances only of Love & Cheese Toast by calling the ticket office at 205.391.2277 during regular business hours (Mon.-Thu. 9am-5pm and Fri 9am-12pm): 2019-20 Flex Vouchers, Inherit the Wind Vouchers (from cancelled 2019 production), Spreading Joy Flex Vouchers (from cancelled and/or rescheduled 2020 productions).


In 1950s Alabama, a white bride-to-be upsets the apple cart when she plans to invite her beloved black housekeeper to her wedding. Inspired by the playwright’s family history, this funny, poignant story explores the complex and often dysfunctional family dynamics created by the barriers of racism.


Theatre Tuscaloosa presented the first production of Love & Cheese Toast in 2019 during our Alabama Bicentennial Festival of One Acts. When we got the opportunity to enter Virtual AACTFest, we invited the playwright, Cooper Shattuck, to expand the original script from a 20-minute piece to a 60-minute piece. With the addition of new scenes that expand upon the relationships between generations of his family, Cooper has crafted a masterful portrait based on lived experience. We are excited to share this production both on the national stage through AACTFest (click here to read our full press release) and also here in Tuscaloosa.

Production Credits

Playwright – Cooper Shattuck

Director – Tina Turley

Stage Manager – Mitchell Morrin

Lighting & Scenic Design – Wheeler Kincaid
Costume Design – Jeanette Waterman
Hair & Makeup – Ava Buchanan


(in order of appearance)

Mary – Sarah Kathryn Bonds

Charlie/Dick – Gary Wise

Young Judy – Layla Kahn-Hickman

Annie Mae – NorQuina "Q" Rieves

Stella – Kathy Wilson

Roland – Ernie Turley

Older Judy – Lisa Waldrop Shattuck

In-Peson Performances

  • Friday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. (Full Capacity Seating)
  • SaturdayJuly 10 at 2:00 p.m. *Socially Distanced Performance - Tickets must be purchased by phone (205.391.2277) or in-person (M-Th 9am-5pm; F 9am-Noon) to assure proper spacing.
  • Saturday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. (Full Capacity Seating)

Health & Safety Precautions

For the comfort and safety of our patrons, cast, crew, volunteers, and staff, the following safety measures will be observed at our in-person performances:

  • All Theatre Tuscaloosa staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • All members of the cast/crew are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Staff and front-of-house volunteers will wear masks.
  • While masks will not be required of attendees, all audience members, especially those who have not been vaccinated, are strongly encouraged to wear masks.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available to all attendees.
  • This 60-minute performance will be offered without an intermission.
  • No food or other concessions will be sold at the performances.
  • The seating for the matinee performance on Saturday, July 10, at 2 p.m., ONLY will be offered with three (3) feet of space between parties by only seating patrons in every-other row and leaving two seats between parties on the same row. NOTE: The evening performances will be offered at full seating capacity without distancing.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is the running time of the production?
    The run time is 55 minutes.
  • Will there be an intermission?
    There will not be an intermission for this play.
  • Should I bring the kids?
    This play is appropriate for all ages, and contains frank discussions of racism and criminal justice.
  • What themes are explored in the play?
    This play deals with real, historical events and touches on race, racism, criminal justice, and the meaning of family.
  • Does the play’s text contain offensive language?
    This play contains mild language.
  • Does the play contain violence?
    This play does not depict any violence, but does refer to some violence.
  • Does the play contain the use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs?
    No, this play does not contain any use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.
  • Does the play contain nudity or other adult situations?
    No, this play does not contain any adult situations.


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Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm
Friday: 9am-12pm
One hour prior to performances

9500 Old Greensboro Road #135
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405


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