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The Bennington Community Theater will offer three performances of A.R. Gurney’s comedy “The Dining Room” on Friday and Saturday May 3 and 4 at 7:30 and Sunday May 5 at 2 pm at Oldcastle Theatre at 331 Main Street, Bennington. Christine Decker, Oldcastle’s director of education, will direct the show.
“Nobody comes near a dining room any more…. Nowadays, people eat in kitchens, or in the living room, standing around, balancing their plates like jugglers. Soon they’ll be eating in bathrooms. Well why not?” Thus muses one of the characters in the highly acclaimed Off-Broadway hit “The Dining Room”, a richly woven, imaginative, affectionate and often hilarious look at a vanishing breed – the American upper middle class. Set in a dining room, which becomes an emblem for an entire culture. Who are these people in the dining room? Well there are 50 of them. From different families, different eras, different social/economic classes, and they all have stories to tell. A. R. Gurney was a playwright (he passed in 2017) who was adept at poking fun of Wasps and their foibles. The Dining Room is a comedy of short scenes that sometime overlap and culminate in a party to celebrate life
Robert Ebert is serving as assistant director. He had to fill in as Christine Decker spent 10 day in London early in the rehearsal process on Oldcastle’s London Theatre tour. Kristen and Jennifer Marcoux as well as Ingrid Schaaphok and Leslie Bremer are designing costumes and props. Melissa Hepler is returning as stage manager. Set and lighting are being handled by a small group of volunteers including Robert Ebert, Tyler Howard and Tim Scoggins. Oldcastle staff members, Ursula McCarty, David Groupé and Richard Howe are offering technical and design advice to help members of the Bennington Community Theater
The actors all will play multiple characters. The cast will include; Rick Burgoon, Mike Chapman, Phyllis Chapman, Mike Cutler, Erika Floriani, Desireé Kipp, Jana Lillie, Tess McHugh, Michelle Marrocco, Evan Pringle, Ingrid Schaaphok, Miriam Silver and Danny Townsend.
The Bennington Community Theater is excited to offer this second production of the season, which follows this December’s wildly successful production of “The Curious Savage”. A fall production and a spring show in 2020 are scheduled.
How can one room have so many different stories to tell? For more information or tickets, please call (802) 447-1267, at oldcastletheatre.org or see one of the cast members for tickets. General admission tickets are $10.00 and premiere ticket are $ 15.00