Theatre to hold auditions for ‘The Dining Room’

Thursday, July 26, 2018 9:57AM

Branch River Theatre is holding auditions for its fall production of The Dining Room, written by A.R. Gurney and directed by Tyler Strickland.

Six actors portray 56 characters across 18 stories, all centered around the heart of the American home.

The Dining Room is a mosaic of interrelated scenes, some funny, some touching, some sorrowful. Taken together, A.R. Gurney’s mural of different stories create a complex portrait of the changing reality for the American middle class.

The actors change roles, personalities and ages as they portray a wide variety of characters. From little boys to stern grandparents, giggling teenagers to downtrodden spouses. Each vignette introduces the audience to a new set of people, and how their relationships and challenges revolve around the family dining room: a father lectures his son on grammar and politics; a boy returns from boarding school to discover his mother’s infidelity; an aging grandmother doesn’t recognize her own sons at Christmas dinner; a daughter, her marriage in ruins, pleads futilely to return home, any many others.

Weaving together smoothly and swiftly, the varied scenes coalesce in a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor, and abundant humanity.

The cast consists of three men and three women, all of whom play multiple roles. Casting is age-flexible, as actors will be called upon to portray a range of ages in different scenes.

Auditions will be held Sunday, Aug. 12, 3-6 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 13 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the conference room on the first floor of Railroad Square in Keene. The building is located next to the Monadnock Food Co-op, and directly south of the Courtyard Marriott. The door to the conference room is located on the north side of the building.

Auditions will consist of readings of selected scenes from the play. Actors will be asked to read for a wide range of roles, including those against type and gender. Actors’ ability to inhabit the physicality and voice of different characters is more important that the visual realism of their portrayals.

Please bring your theater resumé, or list your theater experience on the audition form. Be prepared to list all schedule conflicts between Aug. 20 and Nov. 11.

Performances will be held at the Marlborough Community House. The performance dates are Nov. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11.

Contact the director Tyler Strickland if you have any questions about the production, or if you would like to audition but cannot attend Aug. 12 or 13, at tyler.strickland.nh@gmail.com or 547-0716.