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Guess what the following have in common:

  • The Awkward Conversation
  • The Lovers’ Spat
  • The Five-Star
  • The Eddie’s Teddy

They’re all Lyric specialty drink names that didn’t make the cut last season.

Lyric Bar & Concessions Manager
Company Manager
Associate Production Manager

My name is Matthew Sipress and, along with being the company manager, I’m the bar and concessions manager at the Plaza Theatre. Part of my job is to read the script for each production and come up with a specialty drink that embodies the essence of the show.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a pretty easy one. What’s more Christmas-y than warm apple cider? Add a little bourbon and ginger to warm up your insides, pop in a cinnamon stick, and you’ve got ‘Fezziwig’s Punch:’ a drink that will make you feel like you’re a guest at the party of Mr. Fezziwig himself. ‘The Sweet Transvestite’ garbage can punch was certainly the order for a trashy show like ROCKY HORROR. And the test tube shots during intermission were a favorite of mine. Not only was it a new and interactive way for our audiences to enjoy the show, but the delivery method was totally unique to Lyric’s production.

ASSASSINS was a little more difficult, I didn’t want to go the obvious route and focus on assassination, or guns, or anything with a negative connotation. Our signature drink shouldn’t bring you down before you’ve even tasted it, right? “So,” I thought to myself, “what do all the people on stage have in common?” They try to (and some succeed) kill the President of the United States. That made me think about America. Then I thought about the Fourth of July, which that led me to the theme of patriotism, and THAT brought me to the most “American” beverage that everyone likes: lemonade!  So, I hope you enjoy our ‘Lyric Lemonade,’ made with Jim Beam Honey, Domaine de Canton, lemon juice, club soda, and fresh rosemary.

And now I challenge you: Do a little research on Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, the main character of I AM MY OWN WIFE. Then come up with a clever drink name and what feelings it should invoke. I’ll take care of the ingredients. Just email the name and your reasons behind the name by MARCH 15TH. If your drink is chosen, you and your party of up to six people over 21 years of age will each get a specialty drink on the house when you attend I AM MY OWN WIFE. Plus, I’ll add your name to the ‘Specialty Drink’ slide on the video screen for the run of the show.

Best of luck; and, make sure you say hello at the bar!

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