‘The Dining Room’ First Show in Second Stage Series


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 13, 2015 – Students in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University will perform “The Dining Room,” a comedy of manners play featuring a variety of families from different time periods who possess the same dining room set, at 7:30 p.m. March 27-28 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre.

The dining room set is placed in an ordinary household where families can gather together daily for any occasion. The same actresses and actors perform a variety of different roles in each scene. Each scene showcases a snapshot of a different time period, family and its problems as they gather around the dining room table. Some scenes are humorous while others are emotional.

“‘The Dining Room’ is simply a delightful evening of theatre,” said Dr. Kenneth L. Stilson, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “It has everything in it. It’s an emotional roller-coaster, and you won’t want to miss the ride.”

The humorous play was first produced by American playwright A.R. Gurney. One of its main themes is to show and sometimes make fun of the short-lived upper middle class, but also to show the importance of family and the characters’ longing for stability.

“The Dining Room” is the first show of the spring semester in the Department of Theatre and Dance’s Second Stage series.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265 or by visiting www.RiverCampusEvents.com.

For more information, contact Stilson at kstilson@semo.edu.