A brilliantly conceived and richly humorous theatrical tour de force (and Off-Broadway success) in which six performers portray a wide array of diverse characters as they delineate the dying lifestyle of wealthy WASPdom, and the now neglected room which was once a vital center of family life.

February 18 - March 8, 2015
Directed by Sasha Brätt

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The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes-some funny, some touching, some rueful-which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. The actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuoso skill as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity.

"hilarious and touching as comic sketch crazily succeeds comic sketch a whole pattern of American life emerges." -NY Post.

"THE DINING ROOM serves a banquet of theatrical riches." -NY Daily News

"...a thoughtful and superbly written comedy." -Variety

"...often funny and rueful and, by the end, very moving." -NY Times


FEB 2015
7:30pm (Preview)
7:30pm (Preview)
(Opening Nite) Pre-Performance Wine & Cheese Reception*
Talk Back with the cast



Talk Back with the cast

Talk Back with the cast
      *Opening night wine and cheese reception sponsored by Cabot Cheese, Edible Arrangements and West Side Wine and Spirits.


Ezra BarnesEZRA BARNES* is delighted to come to Playhouse on Park for the first time. Ezra founded Shakespeare on the Sound in Fairfield County and served as its Artistic Director for 13 seasons, acting in and directing many of the Bard's plays. Last season, Ezra produced and performed in the Off-Broadway hit (BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE), a critic's pick of the New York Times and Best Play nominee for the Off-Broadway Alliance. Off-Broadway: 59 E. 59: (THE ENGLISH BRIDE); Signature Center: (FINAL ANALYSIS); Mint Theatre Company: (FAR AND WIDE); Pearl Theatre Company: (RICHARD II); and New Federal Theater: (COOL BLUES). Regional theater: Hartford Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Pioneer, Paper Mill, Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays, and (BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE) at Pittsburgh's Quantum and New Jersey's Centenary Stage. TV: (THE BLACKLIST), (BLUE BLOODS), (LAW & ORDER(S)), (SVU), (BORED TO DEATH), (AS THE WORLD TURNS (RECURRING)), and (ROYAL PAINS). FILM: (NOAH), (JOSHUA), (ONCE MORE WITH FEELING) and the upcoming (STEREOTYPICALLY YOU) and (KID WITNESS). A graduate of Amherst College and the National Theatre Conservatory, he runs the Young Actors Workshop in Brooklyn, NY.

Annie GrierANNIE GRIER Playhouse on Park debut. Everyman Theatre: Ruth (TRIBES), Clara (PYGMALION); Passage Theatre: Peggy Sue (LITTLE ROCK); Rep Stage: La Valliere (LAS MENINAS); The Bay Theatre: Catherine (THE FOREIGNER); Big Intimacy Group: Woman (AUTOBAHN); Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: Miranda (THE TEMPEST), Courtesan (THE COMEDY OF ERRORS), Lucy (THE COUNTRY WIFE); The Secret Theatre: Third Witch (MACBETH); Film: Pecking Wilds: Sarah Mickell (NAZ + MAALIK) official selection SXSW Film Festival 2015.

Susan HaefnerSUSAN HAEFNER* Playhouse on Park acting debut (directed and choreographed SPELLING BEE last season). Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Rosemary (TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL). Broadway: 42nd STREET, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, STATE FAIR. National Tour/London: BILLY ELLIOT, DAMN YANKEES W/ JERRY LEWIS. Regional theatre credits: Geva Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Shaker Bridge Theatre, Weston Playhouse. Susan has an MFA in acting from FSU/ Asolo Conservatory. www.susanhaefner.com.

Sean HarrisSEAN HARRIS is performing for the fifth time on the Playhouse stage after performing in (THE COMPLEAT WRKS OF WLLM SHKSPR (ABRIDGED)), Yvan (ART), Lady Enid, Nicodemus, etc. (THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP), and Watson (THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES). He is currently the one of the founders and Co-Artistic Directors of Playhouse on Park where he has directed (METAMORPHOSES), (OF MICE AND MEN), (CABARET), and (ANGELS IN AMERICA). Regional Theatres: Florida Studio Theatre, Shakespeare on the Sound, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. NYC Theatre: The Actors Studio, Circle in the Square Downtown, Bank Street Theatre, Theatre at Westbeth, Playhouse 22. He has been an acting teacher and director for over ten years and is currently the Director of Theatre at Hall High School in West Hartford, which was selected to represent the United States as part of the American High School Theatre Festival at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in 2010 and 2013, and 2015. BA: DeSales University, MFA: New School for Drama/Actors Studio

Susan SlotoroffSUSAN SLOTOROFF Playhouse on Park debut! Shadowland Theatre: Billie (UNNECESSARY FARCE), White Plains PAC: Louise (FOX ON THE FAIRWAY), Gershwin Theatre: Glinda/Host (WICKED: FOR GOOD), Miami Stagedoor Theatre: Roz (MOON OVER BUFFALO), Chenango River Theatre: Eraine (SEPARATION RAPID), J.City Theatre: Catherine (THE MEMORY OF WATER), Arts Center of Coastal Carolina: Maggie (LEND ME A TENOR). Susan plays Abigail on the series IN BETWEEN MEN and will be seen in the upcoming feature, GEEZER. Love and thanks to the playhouse team! www.Susan-Slotoroff.com.

Jay William ThomasJAY WILLIAM THOMAS Playhouse on Park debut. Off-Broadway: NYNW Theater Festival: Peter Pan (DARLING); Theater Row: Danny (DEATHBED); Theater @ St. Clements: Minkowski/Hitler (EINSTEIN). Off-Off Broadway: Everyday Inferno Theatre: Constantine (A MAP TO SOMEWHERE ELSE), Ensemble (SOMETHING WICKED); EndTimes Productions: Skull (ZOMBIE FRAT HOUSE BASH); Synapse Theatre Ensemble: Gabe (I DO WONDER); Avalon Studios: Hot Shot/Temp Agent (LEAVING NORMAL). Jay is a company member of Ripple Effects Artists and holds a BFA from Western Kentucky University. Jwilliamthomas.com.

Sasha Bratt SASHA BRÄTT (Director) Directing: Playhouse on Park: (Othello –Best Play 2013 Winner, Best Director Nominee, broadwayworld.com [CT]; Neil LaBute's In the Beginning; True or False). Playwrights on Park Reading Series: (This Living Hand; Collision). Seven Angels Theatre: (Romance Language). FringeNYC: (Pilot Fish); Source Festival: (Qualities of Starlight); Midtown International Theater Festival: (Frame 313). Capital Fringe: (The Webcam Play; A Year of Giving; Oblivion); Rockville Little Theatre: (The Laramie Project); Theater J/Catholic University: (The Unseen [reading]); Catholic University: (The Mystery Plays; Le Cid; Counting the Ways). Assistant Director: Woolly Mammoth Theater Company: (Bootycandy); Folger Shakespeare Theatre: (Othello); New York Music Theatre Festival: (Swiss Family Robinson); Olney Theatre Center: (Dinner with Friends); Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy of Classical Acting: (The Malcontent). Sasha is the Literary Manager at the Playhouse on Park and coordinator of the new Playwrights on Park Reading Series. The next two staged readings will be March 3 and April 28th. Please come back to the Playhouse and support new work! This April Sasha will be returning to his alma mater, Trinity College, to direct Stop Kiss. He holds degrees in Theatre Education (MA) and Directing (MFA) from Catholic University. He is an associate member of SDC. Love and thanks to mom, dad and family. Love, admiration and appreciation to his muse, Mina and Austin. www.sashabratt.com

*Appears through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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