– By Andrea Gaines
What could be more fun and delicious than to sit down to the food and theatrical talents of famous local restauranteur Joan Wolford – at the historic Franklin Park Arts Center. Opening Night for the show, Dear World, is Friday, Jan. 12. Dinner & The Show is Saturday, Jan. 13. Tea & The Show is Sunday, Jan. 14. Enjoy your choice of a show and Molford’s fabulous food – from French Country Salad to her signature beef bourguignon to tea classics such as smoked salmon sandwiches and scones with jam and cream – or come just for the show.
In a life deliciously well-lived, Molford has followed her passions for both food and theater for decades.
She has “fed the famous” – from Nancy Reagan to George Will – at an amazing Suzann Worsham restaurant called Heart in Hand.
She has launched her share of personal dreams – including the Hamilton Garden Inn Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast in the village of Hamilton, which hosted Willard Scott for his 25th Anniversary.
And, she continues to make Loudoun County a destination of exquisite food with her Round Hill restaurant and catering business, Savoir Fare.
All the while … Wolford has immersed herself in the joys of acting, in productions of They’re Playing Our Song, Mame, Steel Magnolias, Crimes of the Heart, and other great pieces of stagecraft.
In Dear World she plays the infamous Countess Aurelia, the madwoman of Chaillot in a BITWC Imagine That Theatre’s production. The scene is WWII Europe. Countess Aurelia resides in the cellar under Café Francis. She is, as Molford describes, “a woman drifting through life and very much living in the past when life was happiest, humbled by her experiences and the loss of her true love. She loves everyone and wants to save the world in any way she can. As match maker. Even helping the cats under the bridge.”
“Jerry Herman’s music is challenging to perform,” she says, “which makes it fun.”
Local Joan-Molford-the-restauranteur followers know they can stop by C’est Bon, the rolling bistro in the parking lot of Savoir Fare in Round Hill and pick up some tantalizing takeout dinner cuisine (see their Facebook page for menus and specials; www.facebook.com/savoirfarecatering/). And now, Joan has figured out a way to bring food, theatre and community together at Franklin Park.
Friday, Jan. 12, Opening Night, 8 p.m. show, $20/single show ticket. Saturday, Jan. 13, Dinner at the Theater, 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, $80/person includes show ticket, dinner, wine, tax & gratuity. Sunday, Jan. 14, tea at the Theater, 1:30 p.m. tea, 3 p.m. show, $45/person includes show ticket, afternoon tea, tax & gratuity ($20/single show ticket).