The Cake

by Bekah Brunstetter
Directed by Courtney O’Connor

Featuring:  Chelsea Diehl*, Karen MacDonald*, Kris Sidberry*, Paul Michael Valley*

Conflict collides with confection when Della, a traditional Southern baker, reunites with her deceased best friend’s daughter, Jen, in preparation for Jen’s wedding. Della is forced to question her strongly-held beliefs when she is asked to bake Jen’s dream wedding cake for her and her future wife. Questions of morals, judgment, and family swirl around them all in this heartfelt and deliciously funny new play.


Scenic Design by Matt Whiton
Costume Design by Charles Schoonmaker
Intimacy Design by Ted Hewlett
Sound Design by Arshan Gailus
Lighting Design by Aja Jackson
Assistant Director: Aliza Kenney
Production Stage Manager: Diane McLean
Assistant Stage Manager: Athene Gwendolwn Baptiste
Props Artisan: Lauren Corcuera
Season sponsored by Lee & Diana Humphrey, Joe Richard & Rene Morrissette in Memory of Rose Rocco and Yves Morrissette, and our corporate sponsor:

Production sponsored by Richard & Carol Daynard
Director Courtney O’Connor sponsored by Joe Richard





Cast & Crew

Karen MacDonald – Della

Karen MacDonald (Della) returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared as Molly Ivins in Red Hot Patriot. Recent credits include Escaped Alone (Gamm Theatre), Universe Rushing Apart (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Calendar Girls (Greater Boston Stage Company).  Regionally, she has also appeared at the Huntington Theatre, Trinity Rep, SpeakEasy Stage, New Rep, Gloucester Stage, Merrimack Rep, Portland Stage, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Boston Theatre Company, Sleeping Weazel, The Vineyard Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Shakespeare and Co., and Berkshire Playwrights Lab. A Founding Company Member of the American Repertory Theatre, she appeared in 74 productions, including The Sea Gull, Mother Courage and her Children, No Exit.  On Broadway, she understudied and performed the role of Amanda Wingfield in John Tiffany’s revival of The Glass Menagerie. Nationally, she has performed at Hartford Stage, The Maltz Jupiter Theatre, The Alley Theatre and Berkeley Rep, among others.  She is the recipient of several IRNE Awards and Elliot Norton Awards for her performances. She received The Robert Brustein Award for Sustained Achievement  in The Theater and the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence. She teaches at the Harvard Extension School and is a faculty member at Theater, Dance, and Media at Harvard.

Kris Sidberry* – Macy

Kris Sidberry* (Macy) is very happy to be back on the Lyric Stage! Last Seen in Intimate Apparel, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.  Boston Area Credits Include: School Girls; or, The African Mean GirlsSignificant OthePlay (SpeakEasy Stage), The Good NegroGrimm (Company One), Theater Espresso and The Freedom Trail. New York credits: All American Girls (off-Broadway, National African American Theater Festival). Now based in NYC, Kris is a founding member of the all-female experimental movement company, LAS. She has also worked on various film, TV, voiceover, and commercial projects, including Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit, Lifetime’s Web Of Lies, and HULU’s Castle Rock.  Training: B.F.A. in Theater Performance from the University of Evansville, Maggie Flanigan Studio Meisner Conservatory. She would like to thank her friends and family for their continued support.


Chelsea Diehl* – Jen

Chelsea Diehl* (Jen) is making her Lyric Stage debut. Some past favorite credits include: A Future Perfect (Speakeasy Stage), Where I Come From (Kentucky Repertory Theatre), Be A Good Little Widow (Davis Square Theatre), Portrait and a Dream (La Mama ETC), A Christmas Carol (The Hartford Stage), Dog Sees God, As You Like It, Essential Self Defense (Gurnet Theatre Project), Barefoot In The Park (Bad Habit Productions). Chelsea is a graduate from Emerson College and is the founder of My College Audition:




Paul Michael Valley* – Tim

Paul Michael Valley* (Tim) is making his Lyric Stage debut. Paul has worked on and off Broadway including Hurrah At Last, Arms and the Man, Silence! (The Musical), Any Given Monday, and 1776. Regional credits include Shakespeare Theatre of Washington DC, The Old Globe of San Diego, The Goodspeed Opera House, The Denver Center, and the Wellesley Rep Theatre. TV credits include Blue Bloods, Elementary, Third Watch, Ed, Another World, Guiding Light, and One Life to Live.  As a teacher and vocal coach, Paul has taught at the Juilliard School, Queens College, Wellesley College, American University, Louisiana State University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Internationally, Paul has taught at the New York Film Academy in Shanghai, Florence, Beijing and New York. M.F.A. in Vocal Pedagogy from VCU, B.F.A. from American University.  He trained as an actor at The Juilliard School where he also maintained a professional teaching observership for two years in Voice and Speech. Paul recently moved to eastern Massachusetts.


Daniel Berger Jones – Voiceover

Bekah Brunstetter – Playwright

Courtney O’Connor*** – Director

Matt Whiton – Scenic Design

Charles Schoonmaker** – Costume Design

Ted Hewlett*** – Intimacy Designer

Arshan Gailus** – Sound Design

Aja Jackson – Lighting Design

Diane McLean* – Production Stage Manager

Athena-Gwendolwn Baptiste – Assistant Stage Manager

Lauren Corcuera – Props Artisan

Aliza Kenney – Assistant Director

Katie Lamm – Master Electrician

* denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association
** denotes member of United Scenic Artists (USA-Local 829)
*** denotes member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

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Wed Mat $53 $37
Wed/Thur/Fri $69 $49
Sat/Sun $75 $55

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January 10 — February 9
3:00 pm

Running Time: TBA
Box Office: 617-585-5678

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