Tracking the American WASP to its Lair: The Dining Room

A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room is Readers Theatre Repertory November 11-12 production, themed “A Very WASPY November” and directed by Jason A. England.
Set around a dining room table and chairs owned by various families from the Depression to present day, the story plays with time and truth to conduct an anthropological examination of what one of the characters describes as a “vanishing culture… the WASPs of Northeastern United States.”

To accomplish this, Gurney has written a play for six actors – three men and three women – who play 57 different characters in 17 scenes throughout the course of a “day.”

England says November is an ideal time to tell the tale. “What better way to celebrate the Thanksgiving season than joining RTR around the dining room table? This is a meal to satisfy any harvest feast: a side of dysfunction, a helping of jealousy and anger.  Seasoned with just a hint of melodrama, and a main course filled with love.”

The cast includes Elizabeth Evans, Marvin Gray, Deb Kropf, Pat Moran, Colin Murray, and Cheryl Nelson

Elizabeth Evans and Cheryl Nelson in The Dining Room

Elizabeth Evans and Cheryl Nelson in The Dining Room

Deb Kropf & Pat Moran in The Dining Room

Deb Kropf & Pat Moran in The Dining Room

Colin Murray and Marvin Gray in The Dining Room

Colin Murray and Marvin Gray in The Dining Room

Elizabeth Evans, Colin Murray, Cheryl Nelson, Deb Kropf, and Marvin Gray in The Dining Room

Pat Moran, Elizabeth Evans, Colin Murray, Cheryl Nelson, Deb Kropf, and Marvin Gray in The Dining Room

 

 

 

 

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