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

by Kate Benson

directed by Vanessa Stalling

Previews:  Nov. 26 & 29 @ 7pm
Show dates:  Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 6-8 @ 7:30pm,
                        Dec. 1 & 8 @ 2pm

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

About the Play

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About the Playwright
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About the Director

Vanessa Stalling received her MFA from Illinois State University. She is a professional theatre director. Upcoming workshops and productions include a new play by Isaac Gomez, PerKup Elkhorn, at Northlight Theatre, and Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves at The Goodman Theatre. Her most recent productions include Lauren Yee’s Hookman for Steep Theatre and United Flight 232 for The House Theatre. Vanessa adapted United Flight 232 from Laurence Gonzales’ Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival. The production received six Jeff Award nominations, winning for Best Production Midsize and for Best Ensemble.

For ten years, Vanessa was a primary artist at Redmoon Theatre, an internationally recognized maker of large-scale outdoor spectacles. While at Redmoon, she developed all original works of theater as an actor, director, and ultimately as associate artistic director. Memorable experiences at Redmoon include directing Mickle Maher’s The Cabinet, which toured Brazil as part of the FILO Festival, and directing ephemeral performances for President Obama’s initial Halloween Celebration at the White House.

Professor Stalling has held teaching positions at Roosevelt University, Columbia College, and the University of Chicago. She is a company member of The House Theatre of Chicago, was The Goodman Theatre’s 2016 Michael Maggio Directing Fellow, and has received two 3Arts Award nominations. At UC San Diego, she will advise and instruct graduate directing students, teach undergraduate directing courses, and direct productions.

Director's Statement

Thank you for your interest in A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of Great Lakes, by Kate Benson. This is an extremely unconventional play; a play that switches up the hierarchies we’ve grown accustomed to in theater. Ensemble-generated action & style ride parallel, and perhaps above, the playwright and director. As Kate notes in her stage directions, “Great Lakes allows the director and the ensemble and the designers great(er) latitude to imagine the specific motion of the performers and the particular architecture of the space, on purpose.” In many ways, this play will be less about what you say and more about what you do…until it’s about what you’re saying ☺. It is an ensemble-driven piece that recognizes it’s a play; a play that wants to use all of the fun tricks and surprises of theater in order to activate and engage the imagination of the audience (without the use of any props).

To me, the heart of this play is the idea that even in the face of competition, conflicting points of view, and the ultimate divider, death, ritual still has the power to gather us together. The urge to be together and gather is more powerful than what divides us.

The Cast

Cheesecake - Assata Hefner
Cherry Pie – Danielle E. B. Wineman
Trifle – Christine Penn
SnapDragon - Nicole Javier
Gumbo – Amara Granderson
# -
@ - Allyn Moriyon
Grandada, Twins, Runnerman - David Price
The Creative Team

Director – Vanessa Stalling
Scenic Designer –
Lighting Designer –
Costume Designer –
Sound Designer –
Dramaturg –
Production Stage Manager –
Asst. Stage Managers –

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.









Nov. 26

Nov. 29

Nov. 30

Dec. 1

Dec. 1

Dec. 6

Dec. 7

Dec. 8

Dec. 8
7:00 pm     PREVIEW

7:00 pm     PREVIEW

7:30 pm     OPENING

2:00 pm  

7:30 pm  

7:30 pm

7:30 pm

2:00 pm  

7:30 pm     CLOSING

Advance tickets for this production are available Tuesday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at Mandell Weiss Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Please note: No late seating; no refunds.

Theatre & Dance Faculty, Staff & Majors Only >>


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