Social support meets substance abuse in hand-to-hand combat. And the winner is?

Addiction. Relationships. Recovery. Redemption. And one awesome coffee shop. Get ready to rock as the Hard Luck Café welcomes you with camaraderie, laughter, and, its own special brand of “griddle therapy.” 

Welcome to The Hard Luck Café where the coffee is strong and the beat is hot. Join recovering alcoholics Joe and Mimi as they offer Cynthia and other lost souls fresh out of rehab a safe place to get back on their feet and reinvent themselves.

Will Cynthia’s job keep her on the journey to reinvention? Or will she be derailed by the anger of her teen-aged daughter, Katie? 


An 85 minute Equity Showcase of Welcome to the Hard Luck Café

was a finalist,  out of more than 60 plays, for the $3500 Best New Play Award in the 2015 Thespis Theatre Festival, 

Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 W 26th St, New York City.

Our Director, Debra Whitfield,  was named Best Director!

Music Director: Trevor M. Pierce

"An excellent sense of community is established in Welcome to the Hard Luck Café."

Read short reviews of the six finalists at:

NOTE: An Equity Showcase as a shortened version of a longer script does not disqualify a musical from having a future World Premier.

Heartfelt thanks to our "theater angels" who supported the launch of an inspirational new musical.

Our Kickstarter campaign was a success!