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The Dining Room

by A.R. Gurney    

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.

The A3 production is set against a richly background that morphs time and space, creating a "dining room" in the same house at different decades and dining rooms in different homes in the present. 

Featuring Lena Steinbach, Ariel Carbarrubia, Maia Mendelssohn, Syrenity Greenleaf, Kai Christensen, Jade Weaver, Landon Schmidt.  Special guest appearances, Al Villanueva, Kim Bates

Directed by Mike Fisher

Set: Cullen Vance

Lighting and Sound: Taylor Freeman 

May 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

A brilliantly conceived and richly humorous theatrical tour de force (and Off-Broadway success) in which six (or more) performers portray a wide array of diverse characters as they delineate the dying lifestyle of wealthy WASPdom, and the now neglected room which was once a vital center of family life. "…hilarious and touching…as comic sketch crazily succeeds comic sketch a whole pattern of American life emerges…" —NY Post. "THE DINING ROOM serves a banquet of theatrical riches." —NY Daily News. "…a thoughtful and superbly written comedy…" —Variety. "…often funny and rueful and, by the end, very moving." —NY Times.

The P Studio
Academy of Arts and Academics
615 Main St.
Springfield, OR 97477

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