How to Use a Knife

In the chaotic hustle and bustle of a Wall Street restaurant kitchen, Chef George is trying to stay sober. In between yelling at a pair of trash-talking line cooks and a pot-smoking busboy, he befriends Steve, an East African immigrant who seems to be a humble yet dignified dishwasher. But Steve played a shocking role in the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide, and immigration authorities are on his trail. Set...
In the chaotic hustle and bustle of a Wall Street restaurant kitchen, Chef George is trying to stay sober. In between yelling at a pair of trash-talking line cooks and a pot-smoking busboy, he befriends Steve, an East African immigrant who seems to be a humble yet dignified dishwasher. But Steve played a shocking role in the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide, and immigration authorities are on his trail. Set during busy dinner shifts and filled with a cast of unforgettable New York characters, HOW TO USE A KNIFE bursts with grinding suspense, energy, and surprise.
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How to Use a Knife

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  • Sofia Palmero:
    11 Sep. 2018
    I saw this play performed at Horizon Theatre in Atlanta, GA. It was stunning! There is something both inherently political and deeply emotional about food, and even more so food service. Snider does a great job of taking power dynamics that are much bigger than the kitchen and making them fit in that cramped, hot space.
  • Rachael Carnes:
    7 Feb. 2018
    I've been hearing great things about this play and recently got my hands on it to read for a local theater. Wow! Crackling dialogue flashes with white heat in every single scene. You can almost smell the steamy kitchen, hear the sizzle and see the global connections and ramifications materialize as this rich play unfolds. Snider's enviable mastery of humor is matched with his fearless thematic development. I would love, love, LOVE to see this in production. And I'm going to tell the local producers just that. :)
  • Kareem Fahmy:
    21 Dec. 2017
    Practically exploding with energy and excitement, HOW TO USE A KNIFE is a play about a clash of cultures, ideologies, and how a man is defined by the tragedies and longings of his past. One of the most wonderful plays I've ever had the pleasure of working on.

Development History

  • Reading
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    NNPN National Showcase of New Plays
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    2015
  • Workshop
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    NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
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    MCC
    ,
    2014

Production History

Awards

Finalist
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PEN Center USA Literary Award
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2017
Winner
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Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play
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2017