Full Length Play
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
Monologues, Scene work
Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Appropriate for all audiences
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
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.
"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.