A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes

Dark Comedy
6f, 4m
Community, University & Pro


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.

Casting & Production


#: in charge of action. Professional talker, fast-paced and
leathery. Wearing professional headphones.

@: in charge of color commentary. Also a professional
talker, fast-paced and honey-voiced, also wearing profes-
sional headphones.

SnapDragon: Matriarch. Blind and Ceremonial. Wearing
GrandDada: Patriarch. Deaf and Pragmatic. Wearing
giant hearing aids.
Trifle: Oldest daughter. Not like Olga.
Cherry Pie: Middle daughter. Not like Masha.
Cheesecake: Youngest daughter. Maybe a little like Irina.
Fred: Trifle’s husband
Ed: Cherry Pie’s husband
Ned: Cheesecake’s husband
Smilesinger: Daughter of Trifle & Fred
Smilesinger’s husband: Husband of Smilesinger
Brainerd: Son of Trifle & Fred. Absent.
Brainerd’s wife: Wife of Brainerd. Absent.
Gumbo: Daughter of Cherry Pie & Ed. Divorced.
The Twins: Sons of Cherry Pie & Ed
Wives of the Twins: Wives of the Twins. Nothing alike.
Runnerman: Son of Cheesecake & Ned. Single Parent.
Republican: Son of Cheesecake & Ned
Republican’s Wife: Wife of Republican. Weirdo.
Trainer: Daughter of Cheesecake & Ned
Trainer’s Partner: Partner of Trainer. A survivalist.
GreatGrandBabies: a herd of uncountable babies. Vora-
cious. On liquid diets. None of them belong to Gumbo.

Production Notes:

Off Broadway, the show, directed by Lee Sunday Evans, and starring Jessica Almasy, Gerry Bamman, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Christian Felix, Nina Hellman, Brooke Ishibashi, Mia Katigbak, Kristine Haruna Lee, Heather Alicia Simms and Ben Williams, opened at City Center Stage II on Jan. 15, 2015.


“…deeply serious (as befits its chthonic setting) and riotously entertaining.”
-Jesse Green, Vulture

“Ms. Benson possesses a strikingly original voice…”
-Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

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