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.

The play’s the thing

We are delighted to partner with the park district’s Big Deal Productions for the first time ever to present a play based on Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars. This novel was chosen as a Newbery Medal winner in 1990 for its distinguished contribution to American children’s literature.

For those unfamiliar with the story, it begins during Nazi occupied Denmark in 1943. The novel centers on ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend, Ellen Rosen. When the Johansens learn of Nazi deportation plans for the Danish Jews, they readily agree to take in Ellen and pretend she is Annemarie’s sister. The story then follows the Johansen family’s role in the Danish resistance efforts to transfer the Rosens as well as other Jewish citizens to the safety of Sweden. It is an impressive example of bravery and doing the right thing in the face of overwhelming odds and danger.

Inspired by the story, the museum will also be featuring a flat-panel exhibit about local figures that changed history by acting in ethical or tolerant manners.  It will be up through the duration of the production and moved into the main gallery afterward.

You can’t miss this! Performances are scheduled for just one week only. Shows are April 28-30 at 7 PM and April 30 and May 1 at 2 PM in the lower gallery at the museum. Tickets will be available at the museum as well as through Big Deal Productions. For more information visit the Buffalo Grove Park District website