DINNER WITH FRIENDS

 
DIRECTOR: Jay Mower
ASST. DIRECTOR: Chaike Levine
PRODUCERS: Joel and Sherrie Colbourn
 
by Donald Margulies: – 2000 Winner: As described by New York Magazine: Two married couples have been best friends for years. In their Connecticut home, Karen and Gabe, international food writers, are giving a dinner for Beth and Tom, which he doesn’t attend. It emerges from the heartbroken Beth that he has left her for another woman. Gabe and Karen are almost as crushed, having expected to grow old and fat together, the four of us. When Tom shows up at his home in the next scene, late at night, he is enraged that Beth broke the news of their breakup in his absence. Late as it is, he rushes over to his friends in the next scene to present his side of the story. Act Two begins with another dinner, twelve and half years earlier, in a summerhouse on Martha’s Vineyard, where Karen and Gabe are introducing Beth to Tom. Then we skip five months after the events in Act One, as Beth reveals to Karen…that she has fallen in love with an old friend whom she intends to marry…Later that day, in a Manhattan bar, Tom, a lawyer, tells Gabe about his {newfound] happiness, to which Gabe reacts sourly. Still later that night, Gabe and Karen are going to bed in the Vineyard house, and discuss the Tom-and-Beth situation, as well as their own [marriage}…clinging to it like the shipwrecked to their raft…From this already you can gather that there is skillful construction here, as well as keen psychological insight…Donald Margulies is establishing himself as one of the leading playwrights “Margulies writes about relationships with such intelligence and spiky humor that his comedy-drama…becomes something quite wonderful.” -The New York Times.
 
CAST           
KarenCheryl Warner
GabeSam Warner
BethSharon Lawson
TomRob Tyler
Children's VoicesMelissa Farlow,
Glenn Harless
Christian Matlock,
Stacie McLean
Voice of DannyRayanne Marlock


Cheryl Warner

Sam Warner

Sharon Lawson

Rob Tyler

Production Staff
ProducersJoel & Sherrie ColbournCostume DesignerCast
DirectorJay MowerPropsCast & Crew
Assistant DirectorChaike LevineReservationsChristopher Robinson
Stage ManagerChaike LevineHouse ManagerSherrie Colbourn
Set DesignerJay MowerHospitalityPowPAC Board
Set Construction ManagerJoel ColbournFlyerLee Laurence
Set Construction TeamSherrie Colbourn, Rosemary King, Christopher RobinsonProgram CoverTony Eisenhower, Jay Mower
Set DressingSherrie ColbournProgram/WebmasterElden R. Davisson
Sound DesignersJay Mower, David FarlowVideographerJohn Heinen
Lighting DesignerPeter McGuinnessPhotographerTony Eisenhower
Sound & Lighting TechnicianChad OakleyPublicityGerald M. Reeves

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