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The Dining Room
a Play
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by A.R. Gurney

COMPANY : County Seat Players
VENUE : Discovery Point Studio [WEBSITE]
ID# 3213

SHOWING : November 06, 2008 - November 09, 2008

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes -- some funny, some touching, some rueful -- which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. The actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuoso skill as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids.

Each vignette introduces a new set of people and events: a father lectures his son on grammar and politics; a boy returns from boarding school to discover his mother's infidelity; a senile grandmother doesn't recognize her own sons at Christmas dinner; a daughter, her marriage a shambles, pleads futilely to return home, etc. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Lesley Davis
Director Linda Place
Backstage Tech Greg Simons
Backstage Tech Mike Yow
Arthur, Ted, Fred, Jim, Dick, Butler Kevin Black
Agent, Annie, Sandra, Kate, Claire, Gues Mary Joyce Burdge
Carolyn, Nancy, Sarah Lesley Davis
Sally, Ellie, Aggie, Winkie, Helen Maggie Gasior
Suzie, Toni, Bertha, Guest MaryLynn LeCraw
Psychiatrist, Dora, Maid Margaret Masak
Howard, Brewster, Grandfather, Ben, Chri Chuck Mason
Father, Architect, Billy, Paul, Gordon, Steven Miller
Mother, Meg, Ruth Linda Place
Girl, Peggy, Margery, Aunt Harriet, Emil Joan Scott
Grace, Old Woman, Maid Marty Snowden
Client, Charlie, Michael, Chucky, Nick, Mike Stevens
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