WC Theatre to Present A.R. Gurney's 'The Dining Room'

Play Explores 18 Scenes of Family Life from the Comic to the Serious

February 16, 2010

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(TOP) Ely Bolitho, Robert Lowrey and Chelsey Gehring are featured in the scene "Politics and Etiquette" while (BELOW) those in the "Birthday Party" scene are, from the left, Amy Petzold, Ely Bolitho, Justin DuVall, Fred Taylor, Susan Dicken, Zach Hughes, Chelsey Gehring, Amanda McDonough and Kristen Carpenter.

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Eighteen scenes of family life ranging from the comic to the serious are set in a central room in A.R. Gurney’s “humorous and compassionate” play The Dining Room, which Wilmington College Theatre will present Feb. 25, 26 and 27, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.

Scripted as a series of overlapping vignettes, the play visits a host of characters played by a group of 10 actors. Each scene shows a slice of life in which the dynamic relationships of family life are explored.

Rather than scenery changing around the characters, The Dining Room is unique in that the characters change around the scenery.

In what has been described as “a seamless collection of moments,” the show presents a spectrum of glimpses into the human condition: the joys, sorrows, love and sadness that accompany family life.

Wynn Alexander, professor of theatre is directing The Dining Room with Lois Hock, professor of theatre, designing the set and lights.

The cast features: Ely Bolitho, Kristen Carpenter, Susan Dicken, Justin Duvall, Chelsey Gehring, Zach Hughes, Robert Lowrey, Mandy McDonough, Amy Petzold and Frederick Taylor.

Reservations are available by contacting the Theatre Box Office weekdays, between 9 a.m. and noon and 1 to 4 p.m., at (937) 382-6661 ext. 267.