TWU’s first performance of the school year will have audiences chuckling and actors sweating. A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room, a touching contemporary comedy, will feature a mosaic of interrelated scenes—some funny, some touching, some rueful—but all played by the same six talented actors and centered on the home’s real centre: the dining room.
“This is a really challenging show for actors,” says Angela Konrad, a drama instructor at TWU and director of the production, “It is a great opportunity for students to play a wide range of characters while showcasing how talented they really are. It has enabled me to push the actors to explore all kinds of possibilities. I think people will be amazed.”
The six seasoned actors, all fourth-year students, will each play nine or ten different characters, ranging from giggly young children to stern grandparents.
“It kind of feels like a crash course in discovering characters,” says Rebbeca Gibbons, whose previous TWU roles include Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and Kimberly Bergalis in Patient A. “ Instead of finding one, we have to find ten. So the challenge is to make every person real.”
And while the unique play will entertain, the audience will also gain a new perspective on family dynamics. “The Dining Room allows audiences to explore the complex and varied relationships of the contemporary family,” says Konrad, who has also directed at Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre. “It comments on what a contemporary family looks like and what it doesn’t look like.”
“Gurney gives a window to the corruption that goes on in American homes, as well as to the beautiful things”, says Jonathan Auxier who’s looking forward to playing a flamboyant architect. “Because of this balance, the play reads more like a eulogy or requiem than anything else- it’s bitter-sweet.”
Also joining the cast will be, Kyle Jespersen of Calgary, Cristin Schieder of Missoula, Montana, Robert Olguin of Littleton, Colorado, and Arnica Skulstad-Brown of Langley.
The Dining Room will play October 24-26th and October 31-November 2nd at 8:00pm, in Freedom Hall, RNT building on the TWU campus. All tickets are $10 and are available at the University Bookstore or at the door. To reserve, call 604-513-2058. For more information, contact Angela Konrad at 604-888-7511 (3576).
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,000 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 35 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counseling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.
Last Updated: 2007-09-26