The Dining Room

Season: 2011 Main Stage Season

Author: A. R. Gurney

Director: Billie Nye-Muller

Genre: Dramatic Comedy

Location: Colleen O. Williams Theater


PER DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE, THE STORY: 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.

Show Dates

  • May 13, 2011 7:30 pm
  • May 14, 2011 7:30 pm
  • May 15, 2011 3:00 pm
  • May 20, 2011 7:30 pm
  • May 21, 2011 7:30 pm
  • May 22, 2011 3:00 pm

Audition Dates

  • March 13, 2011 3:00 pm
  • March 14, 2011 6:30 pm

Audition Details

The cast requirements are six men and six women ages 28 to 65. Each actor will play multiple roles.


Community Service Recipient

Barrow County Food Pantry

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