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Big Meal, The - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Big Meal, The

Dan LeFranc

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 3f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573700620

“A life-in-ovrdrive comic drama… Dan LeFranc’s snappy dialogue captures the tumultuous tenor of family gatherings.” - The New York Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The setting is a restaurant in the Midwestern United States, or rather, every restaurant in the Midwestern United States. Some are popular chains, others are more homely; very few are fancy. There are tables ready to be sat. They may be brought together or apart depending on the size of the party at any given moment.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Monologues, Scene work

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Winner! 2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award

Winner! 2012 Lucille Lortel Award - Outstanding Director, Sam Gold

2012 Lucille Lortel Award Nomination - Outstanding Play
Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly. And so begins an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye. A stunning, big-hearted play that spans nearly eighty years in roughly ninety minutes, The Big Meal  tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family.

REVIEWS

"A life-in-ovrdrive comic drama...Dan LeFranc’s snappy dialogue captures the tumultuous tenor of family gatherings.” - The New York Times, Read More

"Intimate and exhilarating...The expert ensemble [makes] their merry-go-round of characters feel both universal and tenderly specific." - The New Yorker

“The service is excellent.” - New York Magazine

“Packed with humanity and humor, The Big Meal dishes up laughs and tears.” - New York Daily News, Read More

“Ambitious and impressive...You will be amazed.” - Time Out New York

"Sharp and stunning...Touching and engrossing...You'll recognize something of yourself or your family members in these people." - Associated Press, Read More

"Ingeniously constructed...The ensemble work is impeccable." - Variety, Read More

"A fine new American play - willing to cut to the chase and cut you to the quick." - Chicago Tribune


The Big Meal had its world premeire produced by the American Theatre company in Chicago on March 3, 2011. The performance was directed by Dexter Bullard.

The Big Meal had its New York premeire produced by Playwrights Horizons at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater on March 21, 2012. The performance was directed by Sam Gold. 

Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Roles for Children

CASTING NOTES

Eight actors total, playing a host of 26 characters. Three men. Three women. A boy and a girl. The server is probably a stagehand.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

WOMAN #1 (Older Woman)
NICOLE (Older Woman)
ALICE, Sam’s mother

WOMAN #2 (Woman)
NICOLE (Woman)
MADDIE, Sam & Nicole’s daughter (Woman)
JACKIE, Robbie & Stephanie’s daughter (Woman)

WOMAN #3 (Young Woman)
NICOLE (Young Woman)
JESSICA, a gentle soul
MADDIE, Sam & Nicole’s daughter (Young Woman)
STEPHANIE, Robbie’s wife (Young Woman)
JACKIE, Robbie & Stephanie’s daughter (Young Woman)

GIRL
PESKY LITTLE GIRL
MADDIE, Sam & Nicole’s daughter (Girl)
JACKIE, Robbie & Stephanie’s daughter (Girl)

MAN #1 (Older Man)
SAM (Older Man)
ROBERT, Sam’s father
JACK, Stephanie’s father

MAN #2 (Man)
SAM (Man)
ROBBIE, Sam & Nicole’s son (Man)

MAN #3 (Young Man)
SAM (Young Man)
ROBBIE, Sam & Nicole’s son (Young Man)
MADDIE’S ADOLESCENT BOYFRIENDS, Steven, Marcus, Jeremy, Patrick, Michael
SAMMY, Maddie’s son (Young Man)

BOY
PESKY LITTLE BOY
ROBBIE, Sam & Nicole’s son (Boy)
SAMMY, Maddie’s son (Boy)
MATTHEW, Jackie’s son


Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Videos
  • The Big Meal Trailer - Artists Rep

  • The Big Meal Trailer - Playwrights Horizons

  • The Big Meal preview scene - American Theater Company

  • The Big Meal preview scene 2 - American Theater Company

  • Scenes from San Jose Rep's The Big Meal

Author
Dan LeFranc

Dan LeFranc

DAN LEFRANC’s plays include Rancho Viejo (Playwrights Horizons), Bruise Easy (American Theater Company), Troublemaker (commissioned and produced by Berkeley Rep), The Big Meal (American Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, HighTide Festival, UK), Sixty Miles to Silver Lake (Soho Rep, P73), Origin Story, In the Labyrinth and Night Surf. LeFranc received the 2011 Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, ... view full profile

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Reviews
James Beaudry 1/27/2015 7:49 PM
Mark Smith 3/18/2014 6:35 PM
Ralph Meranto 3/13/2014 9:19 PM
Confusing to read, but a very cool show. Funny and poignant.  Love the "slice of life" narrative and clever use of the characters moving to different actors as they age. The concept can get a bit predictable but overall a charming piece.

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