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Cooking For Two

Book and Lyrics by Charlie O'Leary, Music by Karl Hinze

It's the first season finale of Food Network's latest, Tasty Time with Jenny and Brett - but as the cameras roll, the eponymous couple's cheary facade starts to crack. When Jenny tries to end the show in a desperate bid to save their marriage, Brett must confront a terrifying choice: relationship or career?



Cast Size

1m, 1f, 1m/f


10 Mins


A TV studio at Chelsea Piers, Present



Marriage, Reality TV

Target Audience

Appropriate for all audiences





Mild Adult Themes, Alcohol References



Casting Information

  • BRETT - 30s. Male. Favorite dish: grilled salmon steak with hoisin BBQ.

  • JENNY - 30s. Female. Favorite dish: anything with chocolate.

  • NAMELESS PA - 20s. Any gender. Favorite dish: Cymbalta.


00:00 / 02:03
It Takes Two
00:00 / 01:46
Simplest Thing
00:00 / 01:48
00:00 / 00:36



Production History

  • The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, May 28, 2014, Broadcast Music International.

  • In Concert (excerpt), November 10, 2014, The Duplex, NYC.

  • Theatre Now's SOUND BITES 5.0May 28, 2018 at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

Author Bios

CHARLIE O'LEARY is an alumnus of the Project Y Playwrights Group, the Brooklyn Generator, the Advanced BMI Workshop, Crashbox Theatre Company's Write Play Launch, the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, and the Fornés Playwriting Workshop. His plays have been developed and presented by the Flea Theater, Middle Voice at Rattlestick, Jersey City Theater Center, Dixon Place, Crashbox Theater Company, Pipeline Theatre Company, Project Y Theatre, Theatre Now New York, Loading Dock Theatre, the Tank, the PIT, the Habitat, the Artist Co-op, the Dare Tactic, and the University of Notre Dame. He has been a finalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Sanguine Theatre Company's Project Playwright, and the Woodward/Newman Drama Award; a semifinalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and Ars Nova Play Group; and recipient of a New York Innovative Theatre Award and an Iowa Arts Fellowship. His song “A Date” (music by Helen Park) was a selection of the BMI Workshop Smoker; his songs have also been performed at places like Don’t Tell Mama, the West End Lounge, and the Duplex. He is currently pursuing his MFA at Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

KARL HINZE is a composer and playwright in NYC. He has been a member of the BMI Workshop since 2013, and his original musical 210 Amlent Avenue with playwright Becky Goldberg was an Official Selection of the Next Link Project at the New York Musical Festival. His play Propesy premiered at the 2018 Fresh Fruit Festival and won awards for best acting, production, and direction. Other collaborations include Are They Edible?, an experimental puppet show by Jeanette Yew at La MaMa; Shackled Spirits, a multi-media dance drama by Lynn Kremer presented at the Bali Arts Festival; and Big Picture, with lyricist Patrick Spencer and book-writer Susan Murray. Karl has a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Stony Brook University. karlhinze.com