Los Alamos Little Theatre announces a play reading for the final production of LALT’s 2017-18 season, The Dining Room by A. R. Gurney.
The reading will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16. We will meet in the Green Room of the Performing Arts Center located at 1670 Nectar Street in Los Alamos.
The 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 comprises 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 in shambles, pleads futilely to return home, etc. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity.
The script calls for six adults (3 women and 3 men) who each portray approximately nine varied characters. The production dates are May 11-12, 18-20 & 25-26 and the show is directed by Cindy Hines. For more information, you can email Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org