“For those of you just tuning in, Thanksgiving is already in progress here at Wembly kitchen. The stands are nice and full, it’s quite a crowd that’s gathered. They’re in for a real treat.” And so, in this lively take on how family is played, over time and memory and through generations… a pair of sports announcers calls a holiday dinner.
A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes was developed in The New Georges Jam, a “performance gym” for early-career playwrights and directors. The play originally premiered in May 2014 as part of the New Georges Jam On Toast play festival at Dixon Place. Great Lakes is Kate Benson’s first produced play.
“Ms. Benson, the playwright, is fearless and remarkably assured in this dizzyingly entertaining work. The direction of Ms. Evans unfurls it on the Dixon Place stage with wit and verve, conjuring the story — the preparation and serving of a gigantic family dinner — without so much as a salad plate in sight.” Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times
New Georges (Susan Bernfield, Producing Artistic Director; Sarah Cameron Sunde, Deputy Artistic Director; Jaynie Saunders Tiller, Managing Director) will remount their critically acclaimed production of Kate Benson’s A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes directed by Lee Sunday Evans in association with Women’s Project Theater, January 12-February 7 at City Center Stage II (131 West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues). Gerry Bamman (Frank McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York; Merchant of Venice on Broadway), Hubert Point-Du Jour (The Model Apartment, Primary Stages; A Map of Virtue, 13P), and Ben Williams (Grimly Handsome, Incubator Arts Project; Gatz, ERS/The Public) will join the original cast which includes Jessica Almasy (founding member of The Team), Christian Felix, Kristine Haruna Lee (War Lesbian, Dixon Place), Nina Hellman (Obie Award for Trouble in Paradise, Hourglass Group), Brooke Ishibashi (Good Person of Szechwan, The Public; Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G, Vampire Cowboys), Mia Katigbak (2014 Obie Award for Awake and Sing!, NAATCO; Scenes from a Marriage, NYTW), and Heather Alicia Simms (Born Bad, Soho Rep; The Brother/Sister Plays, The Public). The creative team will include Set Design by Sara C. Walsh (You’re Me, The Kitchen), Lighting Design by Barbara Samuels (Grimly Handsome, Incubator Arts Project), Sound Design by Brandon Wolcott (Good Person of Szechwan, The Public), and Costume Design by Kathleen Doyle (The Snow Queen, HERE).
Performances will be 1/12-1/17, 1/20-1/24, 1/27-1/30 & 2/3-2/7 at 7:30pm, 1/17, 1/24, 1/25, 2/1 & 2/7 at 2:30pm, 1/31 at 8pm and 2/6 at 3pm. Tickets ($35-$45) are available online at www.nycitycenter.org or by calling 212-581-1212.
Theater: New York City Center
Address: 55th St. Between 6th and 7th Aves.
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