Past Performance   May 20th-Jun 19th 2022   
Fri, Sat 8:00pm; Sun Matinee 2:00pm; Sat Matinee Jun 11 & Jun 18 at 2PM

The Dining Room

The Dining Room
A Comedy of Manners
by: A. R. Gurney

Directed by: Brent A. Stringfield
Produced by: Merrill Gill and Ruth Woodbeck

The play is a comedy of manners, set in a single dining room, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions, where eighteen (18) scenes from different households overlap and intertwine creating 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 America. Presumably, each story is focused around a different family during different time periods who has in their possession the same dining room furniture set, manufactured in 1898. The stories are about families; some scenes are about the furniture itself and the emotional attachment to it, while other scenes simply flesh out the culture of the family. Overall, it tells the story of the dying and relatively short-lived culture of upper-middle class Americans, and the transition into a much more efficient society with less emphasis on tradition and more emphasis on progress. Some characters are made fun of, as is the culture itself, but there is also a genuine longing for the sense of stability, comfort, and togetherness that the culture provides.
The performers 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 Thanksgiving dinner; a daughter, her marriage a shambles, pleads futilely to return home, etc. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor, and abundant humanity.


Performer D
Performer B
Performer E
Performer A
Performer C
Performer F
Kira Blaskovich
Julie Clemmons
David Dartt
Steve Murdock
Jamie Penry
Peggy Schneider
Merrill Gill
Ruth Woodbeck
Kira BlaskovichJulie ClemmonsDavid Dartt
Steve MurdockJamie PenryPeggy Schneider
Merrill GillRuth WoodbeckDirector: Brent A. Stringfield
Cast Photos by Darren Scott and Steve Murdock

Technical Production Team:

ProducersMerrill Gill, Ruth Woodbeck
Stage ManagerDeanne Theodore
Technical CrewKatie McNabb
Rehearsal AssistantsMerrill Gill, Shari Lyon, Ruth Woodbeck
Costume DesignerMarguerite Jackson Dill
Costumer's AssistantMisty Dawn Newton
Lighting DesignerMark Zetler
Properties CoordinatorMaggie Bomis
Sound DesignerLou Alliano
Set DesignerJoel Colbourn
Scenic ArtistBrenda Townsend
Set DresserAaron Oslie
Construction LeadJoel Colbourn
Construction CrewJeff Courtney, Barrett Gill, Merrill Gill, Kelli Harless, Jan Ozenbaugh, Stan Ozenbaugh, Bart Schilawski, Deanne Theodore, Ed Theodore, Ruth Woodbeck
Paint CrewKelli Harless, Bart Schilawski, Lynn Wolsey
Graphic DesignerLynn Wolsey
Poster & Program DesignLynn Wolsey
PhotographersDarren Scott and Steve Murdock
PublicityBarbara Seagren, Lynn Wolsey
Social MediaSteve Murdock

In Memoriam
  • Brent Stringfield
  • Memorial Fund

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