The Spitfire Grill

September 2014

A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.

"A soul of theatrical resourcefulness. A compelling story that flows with grace and carries the rush of anticipation. The story moves, the characters have many dimensions and their transformations are plausible and moving. The musical is freeing. It is penetrated by honesty and it glows." - The New York Times

Playwrights Horizons, New York City,
Produced the New York Premiere of The Spitfire Grill
Off-Broadway in 2001

The Spitfire Grill received its World Premiere Production
by the George Street Playhouse on November 5, 2000
David Saint, Artistic Director / Micael Stotts, Managing Director

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Music by James Valcq
Book and Lyrics by Fred Alley
Based on the Film by Lee David Zlotoff

Director: John Pike

Music Director: John Pike


  • Percy Talbott — Kate Suppes
  • Hannah Ferguson — Patrique Hurd
  • Shelby Thorpe — Anne Collin
  • Caleb Thorpe — Ryan Bird
  • Sheriff Joe Sutter — Will Caswell
  • Effy Krayneck — Paula Kuenzler
  • The Visitor — Mickey Grabner