THE DINING ROOM - logoThe Dining Room
by A.R. Gurney, Jr.

November 4-19, 1988
Directed by Kenneth Benton

A brilliantly conceived and richly humorous theatrical tour de force (and Off-Broadway success) in which six 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.

Dawn Behrens, Francis M. Crim, and Kelly Morris in THE DINING ROOMThe 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 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. The varied scenes coalesce into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity.



Francis M. Crim and Dawn Behrens in THE DINING ROOM


    Kathleen Hope
    Francis M. Crim
    William Kroner
    Kelly Morris
    Dawn Behrens
    Terry Veal


Director   Kenneth Benton
Stage Manager   Lucy Warner
Asst. Stage Mgr.   Kenny Walker
Set Design   Kenneth Benton
Scenery Construction   Jim Osterlund
Lighting Design   Rob Freedman
Sound and Lights   Greg Earles
Props Running Crew   Sally Blevins
Logo Design   Len Slater
Publicity   Michelle DeLong
CST Business Mgr.   Candace Platt


Allen-Gates Insurance - The State Arts Council of Oklahoma - The Cast - Gary Bates - Les and Laura Benton - Bonnie Fowler - Len Slater - Elaine Warner - The Edmond Evening Sun - The Oklahoma Gazette - Lyn Adams, Oklahoma Children's Theatre - Gary Raffety, Crown Heights Florist - Kenny Walker, Walker Stamp & Seal Co. - Greg Earles - Richard Kleffman - Lucy Warner - The Metro Downtowner - The Oklahoma Publishing Co. - Jacque Graham, Edmond Community Theatre - Don Shirey - OKC Community College - Steve Daniels, Festive Affairs - Chuck Tweed, Jewel Box Theatre.

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


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