Tucker’s Main Street Theatre will present playwright A.R. Gurney's comedy of manners, "The Dining Room," during the weekends of Nov. 8-10 and 15-17 at the Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 Lavista Road, Tucker.
A finalist for the 1985 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, "The Dining Room" is set in a well-to-do household's customary gathering place — the dining room.
"The play is an exploration of humanity at its heights and depths," says director Carrie Harris, "exploring everything from childlike joy at a birthday party to the fear of an overbearing father; the hope of returning home and the hurt created when Alzheimer's convinces someone they're not at home; the beauty of newness and the pain of affairs. Centering across time around a table that's typical of many dining rooms, the show evokes great emotion and hits on notes of nostalgia and memory."
The 57 characters in "The Dining Room" will be portrayed by a cast of just seven actors: Drew Crecente, Jonn McDaniel, Scott Starkweather, Sharyn McHenry, Alissa Symons, Tracey Egan and Veronica Burman.
"Each actor portrays between seven and 10 characters of varying age, status and emotional range," Harris notes, "so the challenge is to portray each of these in a realistic and differentiated manner."
In addition, a limited number of tickets are available for a "Dining Experience" before the two Saturday shows on Nov. 9 and 16 and includes a dinner buffet catered by MDR Foods, reserved seating at the play and one wine or beer ticket. The meal begins at 5:30 p.m. next door to the Rec Center at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Heffner Fellowship Hall.