Joseph Papp, New York Shakespeare Festival. The Art Of Dining is a play by Tina Howe which premiered Off-Broadway in 1979. The play showcases the bizarre relationships three groups of characters have with food. The play is set during November in a New Jersey restaurant. The Art of Dining was presented Off-Broadway at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in December 1979, for 6 performances. Directed by A. J. Antoon the play starred Ron Rifkin as Cal, Kathy Bates as Herrick Simmons and Dianne Wiest as Elizabeth Barrow Colt. Wiest won the 1980 Clarence Derwent Award and Obie Award, Performance and Antoon won the Obie Award, Direction.