The Dining Room

The museum is once again pleased to be collaborating with the Park District’s performing arts group, Big Deal Productions. This year’s theater production is A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer nominated comedy, The Dining Room.

The play centers around a single antique dining room furniture set and follows the lives of the families that own it over a period of fifty years. The dining room setting acts as an anchor for the play’s 18 overlapping story lines and host of 57 characters played by just 14 actors.  The play also uses the the formal dining room as symbol for the decline of the privileged upper-middle class culture and its traditions.

The Breakfast (The Dining Room) Paul Signac C. 1886-1887

Performances will be conducted in the museum’s lower gallery and are scheduled for 7 pm on May 10-12 and 7 pm on May 18-20.  A matinee performance at 2 pm is also scheduled for May 20. Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased for $10 at the Alcott building or online here. Don’t miss it.

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