THE DINING ROOM   by A. R. Gurney, directed by Denise M. E. Bouton

February 16 and 17 plus March 1 and 2 at 7PM at the Hall.

The Dining Room, written by A.R Gurney, 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 of the play is a collection of interrelated scenes throughout the 20th century—some funny, some touching, some rueful—which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant).
The actors change roles, personalities, and ages with virtuoso skill 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 polilics; a boy returns from boarding school to discover his mother's infidelity; a senile grandmother doesn't recognize her own sons at Thanksgiving 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.

The Cast is an Ensemble of 6, 3 male and 3 female.  Each actor will be portraying 9 to 11 characters in the play.  Since each actor is playing so many different roles, I am looking for actors who exhibit vocal and physical versatility, have the ability to interpret character, and are excited for an acting challenge.  Age range is more important than actual age.

Preparation for Auditions—Please prepare a monologue, or story, that affords you the opportunity to show your acting versatility.  It can even be a story that has actually happened to you; it doesn’t have to be from a published work.  There will also be cold readings from the script.

Additional Details on Characters:
(adapted from a descriptive piece about the play by Rosalind Flynn; see link to full article, citation at end)


Link to full article describing TDR characters, (includes a number of Youtube videos of scenes from the play in various productions)

Citation:- Flynn, Rosalind. "About the "The Dining Room".  ThoughtCo, Mar. 24, 2019,

Also of Possible Interest to Auditioners: Youtube Interview with A.R. Gurney about The Dining Room

Other Theatre links:

In The Spotlight, Inc.
Pillow Talking—"He Said/She Said"
The Connecticut Callboard
Connecticut Gilbert and Sullivan Society

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