Novelist and playwright:


Clyde Edgerton is the author of 10 novels, a memoir, numerous short stories, and essays. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and five of his novels have been New York Times Notable Books. He is a member of the Southern Fellowship of Writers and teaches Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. His books include “The Floatplane Notebooks,” “Raney,” and “Walking Across Egypt,” the last three of which also became plays or films. The Los Angeles Times has said of his work, “His ear is so good it can make your hair stand on end.” He lives in Wilmington with his wife Kristina and their children.

Composer and lyricist:


A North Carolina native, Mike Craver was a member of the Red Clay Ramblers for 12 years, appearing in Diamond Studs and A Lie of the Mind in New York, recording nine albums, and touring internationally. Shows he has either written or co-written include “Wilder,” “Radio Gals,” “Smoke on the Mountain,” “Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming,” and “Oil City Symphony” (original cast member and Drama Desk Award).  He has worked in theatres across the country including Pasadena Playhouse, Cape May Playhouse, and Actors Theatre of Louisville.



Steve Umberger formed Playworks to help develop new work like Lunch at the Piccadilly.  A member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, he has directed the premieres of many plays including ones by Wendy Hammond, Christopher Kyle, and Beth Henley, for companies including Florida Studio Theatre, People's Light & Theatre, Barter Theatre, Riverside Theatre, and Festival Stage.  He has been involved in the development of four theatres including Charlotte Rep, a LORT theatre with 5,000 subscribers, where he spent 18 years as Founder/Artistic Director.

 Producing Organization


Playworks is a production group formed to develop and produce new work for stage and film. The group has developed new scripts, produced, toured, and collaborated with other organizations including Festival Stage, Parkway Playhouse, Spirit Square, The Light Factory and Riverside Theatre (FL). Projects have included the festival Thinking in Pictures, many plays including Open Season, Shirley Valentine, and the premieres of Some Things That Can Go Wrong at 35,000 Feet and Counters Girls. Funding for projects comes from investors, from organizations involved in collaborations, and from grants and foundations, previously including Rockwell International, The Wesley Mancini Foundation, and the Arts & Science Council. Playworks collaborates with other organizations whose missions support and illuminate the content of projects, such as the current collaboration with Aldersgate on Lunch at the Piccadilly.


"Umberger has translated the songs by Craver and Edgerton into a funny, teary, and totally unforgettable show......Irrepressibly side-splitting and poignant..."
Sanford Herald

"Edgerton retains many of the book's hilarious moments, and there are moving episodes...Having Craver on board means a number of quirky and poignant songs. Umberger gets strong, confident characterizations from his veteran cast..This could be a funny and heartfelt hit, worthy of its' creators' estimable talents."   
Raleigh News & Observer