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Cast of Six Brings to Life 50 in 'The Dining Room'

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Jan. 26, 2010) - SUNY Plattsburgh's Student Association will present four public performances of A.R. Gurney's Pulitzer Prize-nominated comedy "The Dining Room" this weekend.

The performances will be held in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, on the corner of Beekman and Cornelia streets, at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, and Saturday, Jan. 30, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, Jan. 31.

Under the direction of SUNY Plattsburgh student Christian Amato, the 1982 play features students, alumni, and community performers. In particular, six actors lead the way through 50 different roles in 18 unique scenes, requiring theatrical versatility on the part of the cast.

Set in a dining room and using a series of vignettes, the play explores the goings-on of the American middle class over the course of 50 years. Each of the 18 scenes, which range from the comic to the serious, show a slice of life and explore family dynamics.

"The formality of a dining room is hardly seen anymore," says alumna and actress Katie Marcinko. "It's interesting to revisit the structure and importance of the American dining room."

Tickets for the show are $2 for SUNY students, $5 for faculty and staff, and $8 for general admission. For advance tickets, stop by the Angell College Center help desk or call 518-564-2000. Tickets will also be available from the theater box office before the show.


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