Summary

Summary

Elements Theatre Company showcases A. R. Gurney’s Pulitzer-nominated play, The Dining Room, a mosaic of vignettes providing a window into a vanishing class of society from the 1930’s to the 1980’s. Seven actors play 59 characters in 18 scenes, swiftly and smoothly dovetailing from one to the next, illustrating an exceptional range of human relationships. Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Cast & Staff

Cast & Staff

The Cast

Rachel McKendree Real Estate Agent, Annie, Carolyn, Peggy, Dora, Nancy, Sarah, Meg, Claire, Annie
Sr. Danielle Dwyer Sally, Mother, Grace, Sandra, Margery, Mom, Kate, Emily, Ruth
Kate Shannon Girl, Ellie, Aggie, Winkie, Beth, Helen, Aunt Harriet
Chris Kanaga Arthur, Howard, Architect, Brewster, Paul, Fred, Tony, David, Dick
Brad Lussier Client, Father, Michael, Grandfather, Billy, Stuart, Gordon, Jim, Standish, Harvey
Peter Haig Boy, Psychiatrist, Ted, Nick, Ben, Chris, Burton

The Staff

Director
Sr. Danielle Dwyer

Technical Director
Chris Kanaga

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News & Reviews

News & Reviews

Actress-director Dwyer delivers with ‘Dining Room’

By Caitlin Malone, Cape Cod Times

What a difference an actress can make.

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Dining Room furnishes opportunities for talented cast

Written by John Watters, Barnstable Patriot

A.R.

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From the Director

From the Director

Dear Friends,

Welcome to A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room.

Stella Adler, an inspiring actor and teacher had this to say about theatre, “The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life . . . a spiritual and social X-ray of its time”. I find this very true for this play. Gurney has given us the setting of a single dining room to serve as a kind of twilight zone for specific situations that are quite familiar to many of us. Though this play is set in a wealthy economic stratum, the situations are universal—often quite funny and very moving. A play primarily about relationships— the beginning of a new one, the disintegration of an old one, and some that are in between. While the dining room fades in its importance, much of what the room is used for comes under scrutiny for its continued relevance in a time and society that is becoming all about what is convenient, fast, and technologically driven. As the dining room fades, so does the civility and grace inherent to the traditions of that room. For some those traditions are suffocating, burdened with expectation. The Dining Room, a play that asks us to inspect what lies beneath serves for catharsis—one of the reasons the Greeks treasured theatre so much. In coming to see, we find truth, and in finding truth, we are confronted, comforted, and eventually healed.

Thank you again for joining us.

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