A Beautiful Day in November on the Greatest of the Great Lakes
by The Public Theater

Oct. 14 - Nov. 06, 2022


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.



(via The Public Theatre, San Antonio)


The Public Theater of San Antonio, the city’s professional theater, kicks off its holiday offerings this year with A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes by Kate Benson. This new production reopens the Cellar Theater for the organization since its last production in that space in 2019. It runs from October 14 through November 6, 2022, under the direction of Allison Price.


“A quirky comedy that cleverly transforms an extended family’s Thanksgiving dinner into a fiercely fought competitive sport.” Director Allison Price adds “Great Lakes is a high energy exploration into the game that is Thanksgiving. We get into the hilarious, the absurd, and the stress of getting everyone together. The family we make is the family that breaks us.”  -- New York Times


The cast includes OLLIE MCCRARY as #, LIZ CATCHINGS as @, MARISELA BARRERA as Snapdragon, ISIDRO MEDINA III as Granddada, GINGER GAMBLE MARTEL* as Trifle, ROXIE RENÉE as Cherry Pie, DANI TREVINO as Cheesecake, LEE DRAHL as Gumbo, JONAH FUJIKAWA as Fred/Ed/Ned/Smilesinger Husband/ TheTwins/ Runnerman/ Republican/Trainer’s Partner, and EMMA JEAN MASON as Smilesinger/Wives of the Twins/Republican’s Wife/Trainer.



Meet Director Allison Price



Directed by ALLISON PRICE, the production team has AJ URDIALES as Associate Director, JAVI SANCHEZ as Set Designer, RACHAEL LORENZETTI as Costume Designer, CARLOS R. NINE as Lighting and Sound Designer, and PEDRO G. LEOS* as Stage Manager.


* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Run time: About 75 minutes with no intermission.



Allison Price — Director 

AJ Urdiales — Associate Director

Javi Sanchez — Set Design

Carlos R. Nine — Light Design

Carlos R. Nine — Sound Design

Rachael Lorenzetti — Costume Design

Pedro G. Leos* — Stage Manager


* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

About The Public Theater of San Antonio

The Public Theater of San Antonio creates dynamic professional theatre and arts programming that unites the diverse communities of San Antonio and enriches the quality of life in our city through transformative storytelling that reflects the human experience. As San Antonio’s regional professional theater, many volunteers and service contractors contribute to the organization’s success. Annually, an average of two hundred professionally paid performers and technicians participate in productions. Nearly 90% of the performers and creative team members are from the local region under the leadership of Executive Artistic Director, Claudia de Vasco. Established in 1912 as the San Antonio Dramatic Club and incorporated on April 6, 1927 as the San Antonio Little Theatre, it is the longest running theater in South Texas. The company has had other brands such as The San Pedro Playhouse (1997), and The Playhouse San Antonio (2012).  Its most recent brand, The Public Theater of San Antonio, was unveiled on January 7, 2018 in an effort to align the organization’s new professional vision to the needs of the region. For over a century, The Public Theater has evolved to serve its community as a 501c3 non-profit organization. Visit www.thepublicsa.org for more information.



Ollie McCrary — #

Liz Catchings — @

Marisela Barrera — Snapdragon

Isidro Medina III — Granddada

Ginger Gamble Martel* — Trifle 

Roxie Renée — Cherry Pie

Dani Trevino — Cheesecake

Lee Drahl — Gumbo

Jonah Fujikawa — Fred/Ed/Ned/Smilesinger Husband/The Twins/Runnerman/Republican/Trainer’s Partner

Emma Jean Mason — Smilesinger/Wives of the Twins/Republican’s Wife/Trainer

Creative Team

Allison Price — Director 

AJ Urdiales — Associate Director

Javi Sanchez — Set Design

Carlos R. Nine — Light Design

Carlos R. Nine — Sound Design

Rachael Lorenzetti — Costume Design

Pedro G. Leos* — Stage Manager


A Beautiful Day in November on the Greatest of the Great Lakes
by Kate Benson
The Public Theater

October 14 - November 06, 2022
Cellar Theatre, The Public Theater, San Antonio
San Pedro Park
800 W Ashby Place
San Antonio, TX, 78212

October 14 - November 6, 2022

The Cellar Theatre, Public Theatre, San Antonio

Tickets for shows are $45 (Standard), $30 (Military/Student/Senior* with valid ID), and $15 (Child Under 12) are available online at thepublicsa.org/currentseason, by phone at (210) 733-7258.

The Public Theater of San Antonio is wheelchair accessible. For additional information about group sales, contact Patron Services Manager, Ariel Rosen at ariel.rosen@thepublicsa.org

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

Opening Night— Friday, October 14 2022 at 7:30 p.m.


After Words (Panel Discussion) — Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 2 p.m.