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Cast, Creative Team Announced for Mad Cow Theatre's THE BIG MEAL

Mad Cow Theatre has announced the cast and creative team for the poignant comic drama The Big Meal, which will take the stage Aug 5, 2016 as the ninth production of Mad Cow Theatre's Season 19. Originally scheduled to be produced on the Harriett stage at Mad Cow, The Big Meal will be presented on the more intimate Zehngebot-Stonerock stage as a result of the extension of Mad Cow's popular Avenue Q.

The extraordinary story of an ordinary family, The Big Meal begins when, somewhere in America in a typical restaurant on a typical night, sparks fly between Nicole and Sam. From first kiss to final goodbye, The Big Meal travels through nearly 80 years in 90 minutes, introducing the audience to five generations of a modern family in a big-hearted play that The New York Times called "a life-in-overdrive comic drama" and The New Yorker called "intimate and exhilarating."

First produced by American Theatre in Chicago in 2010, The Big Meal opened off-Broadway in 2012. Among its honors have been the New York Times outstanding playwright award for writer Dan LeFranc.

The cast of The Big Meal at Mad Cow Theatre features Sarah French (You Can't Take It With You, Clybourne Park, Urinetown), Peter Galman*, Steven Lane* (The Secret Garden, Photograph 51, The Drowsy Chaperone), Shami J. McCormick*, Ginger Lee McDermott* (Other Desert Cities, Road to Mecca), Jeffrey Todd Parrott (The History Boys), Rebecca Schledwitz, and Trevor Simoneau.

Director Mark EdWard Smith (Long Day's Journey Into Night, Art, My Name is Asher Lev) returns to Mad Cow Theatre with The Big Meal. Scenic design is by William Elliot (Long Day's Journey Into Night, You Can't Take It With You, The Philadelphia Story), costume design by Aubrey Hess (Photograph 51, Art), and lighting design is by Amy Hadley (The Love of Don Perlimplín and Belisa in the Garden).

*Members of Actor's Equity Association Press Approved Files - Press/social media approved image files for The Big Meal will be available here no later than July 18. Full production images will be available no later than August 4. If you need any assistance or have any other media related questions about Mad Cow Theatre, please contact our Marketing Department via email at

The Big Meal runs Aug. 5-28, 2016 in the Zehngebot-Stonerock Theatre at Mad Cow Theatre, 54 W. Church Street (second floor) in downtown Orlando. (Click here for directions.) Performances are at 8:00 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and at 3:00 p.m. Sundays, with additional performances Saturday Aug. 13 at 3:00 p.m. and Mondays Aug. 15 and 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Opening Night is Friday, August 5 at 8:00 p.m. This performance will be followed by Mad Cow's traditional champagne reception in the lobby.

Preview Performances are Aug. 3 & 4 at 8:00 p.m.

Discount Monday performances will be held Aug. 15 and 22 at 8:00 p.m.

A Saturday matinee has been added for each show this season. The Saturday matinee for The Big Meal will be Aug. 13 at 3:00 p.m. All drinks will be half price at the bar.

Talkbacks take place after each Thursday and Sunday performance. Talkbacks are free to Audience members, and the public may attend at no extra cost.

Regular performance tickets are $38. Preview tickets are $15. Monday tickets are $25. Tickets are available online at or by calling the Mad Cow Theatre box office at 407-297-8788 ext. 1.

Other discounts for students and active military apply. More information is available online on our Savings Programs page. All tickets are subject to a $2 facility fee.
Students receive a $7 discount with ID.
Active Military receive a $10 discount with ID.
Seniors 65+ receive a $3 discount.
Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.
Student Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a 50% discount on full-price tickets.
Tickets may be purchased by calling Mad Cow Theatre's Box Office at 407.297.8788 ext. 1 by visiting Copyright © 2016 Mad Cow Theatre Company, All rights reserved.

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