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GLRosco1-750x256-1From top: Ben Williams, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Brooke Ishibashi; Heather Alicia Simms, Nina Hellman, Ben, Hubert, Brooke; Christian Felix, Jessica Almasy, Ben, Hubert, Brooke; Brooke, Kristine Haruna Lee, Christian, Ben, Hubert, Jessica, Heather, Nina; Gerry Bamman, Kristine, Nina, Jessica, Heather, Christian, Mia Katigbak, Ben, Hubert, Brooke; Mia and Gerry

photos: Heather Phelps-Lipton

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN NOVEMBER ON THE BANKS OF THE GREATEST OF THE GREAT LAKES
by Kate Benson
directed by Lee Sunday Evans

January 13-February 7 2015

in association with Women’s Project Theater
at City Center Stage II

Read the feature in the New York Times!
See GREAT LAKES on NY1
…and in New York mag’s Approval Matrix (quadrant: Highbrow Brilliant)!
See Susan march it uptown
Peek into rehearsal
Watch the trailer

and see Kate & Lee pick up Obie Awards right here!

WITH
Jessica Almasy
Gerry Bamman
Hubert Point-Du Jour
Christian Felix
Kristine Haruna Lee
Nina Hellman
Brooke Ishibashi
Mia Katigbak
Heather Alicia Simms
Ben Williams

DESIGN
Sara C. Walsh
Barbara Samuels
Brandon Wolcott
Kathleen Doyle

PSM Jaimie Van Dyke
ASM Eric Marlin

TONY Critic’s Pick!  “It’s arrived!  The gorgeously multiethnic cast moves like Robert Wilson–ian puppet people, gliding in half-crouches across a painted football offensive diagram. Lee Sunday Evans coaches an all-star bench (Mia Katigbak! Brooke Ishibashi! Gerry Bamman!) in a production that’s beautifully honed and scrupulously prepared. You can’t imagine another production of this play: When it comes to theatrical integration, this little construction moves the goalposts.”
– Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

“A quirky comedy by Kate Benson that cleverly transforms an extended family’s Thanksgiving dinner into a fiercely fought competitive sport… the results resemble the demented love child that might result from the mating of “SportsCenter” with a Richard Maxwell play on fast-forward.  Ms. Benson’s writing, Ms. Evans’s direction and the performances are completely in sync — like a soccer team playing up to World Cup level… Ms. Benson possesses a strikingly original voice.”
— Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“In Kate Benson’s incomparable A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes, sport and theater are equated in ways you’d never expect. As directed with a perfectly in-tune idiosyncratic style by Lee Sunday Evans, it will leave you breathless as it disassembles the time-tested genre of family play.  For what’s ostensibly her debut, Benson’s writing majorly impresses in its sheer tenacity.  A further reminder of how great theater can be when it truly dares to go where it’s never gone before!” — Theatermania

Funny and deep!  Delightful… Evans’s vivid choreography and excellent cast make this holiday “match” compulsively entertaining. But Benson’s aims are bigger than whimsy, implying that even stressful traditions are mere diversions from a larger darkness just beyond.” — The Village Voice

“Lee Sunday Evans’ imaginative production of Kate Benson’s reinvented family dinner tale is a great theatrical experience, and also a really good play.  Katigbak’s subtle, hilarious, performance is a highlight of the evening.  [Benson] is a bright, brave, and funny playwright with her own distinctive voice. This Great Lakes is a singularly unique theatrical experience.” – Theater is Easy

[A] funny feast!  The family gathering gets fresh coats of abstraction and theatricality… sly writing, clever staging and agile actors!” – NY Daily News

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