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Students to Perform The Dining Room

KEENE, N.H., 02/16/09 - Keene State College students from the Theatre and Dance Department take the stage in A.R. Gurney’s creative comedy, The Dining Room, directed by KSC faculty member Vaughn West. The play will be staged Tuesday through Saturday, March 3-7, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, at the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond.

Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and younger. Tickets are available through the box office at 603-358-2168 or online at

Gurney’s timeless dining room backdrop is a metaphor for a way of life. The simple setting creates the stage for 57 roles performed by six actors ranging in ages from 10 to 80, spanning a 50-year period. Gurney has masterfully interwoven 19 vignettes over two acts, set in many different dining rooms, in many different times, requiring the actors to exhibit impeccable timing and grace. This light-hearted and humorous play will ring true for all who have had conversations around a dining room table.

Ky Avilia (‘11), of Goffstown, N.H., an education and theatre major, has previously performed in such productions as Dragon of the Winds, The Tempest, and The Chronicles of Jane.

Brett Burkhardt (‘11), of Manchester, N.H., is a theatre major and has performed in KSC’s production of The Matchmaker.

Janis Deedy (‘12), of Nashua, N.H., a theatre major, recently appeared in KSC’s production of The Matchmaker.

Craig Deming (‘10), of Farmington, Conn., is a theatre major. He has previously appeared in KSC’s productions of The Rimers of Eldritch, The Hot House, and The Matchmaker.

Ryan Demers (‘11), of Merrimack, N.H., a theatre major, has performed in KSC’s The Rimers of Eldritch and Kaddish, and worked on costumes for The Matchmaker.

Hayley Duyon (‘10), of Londonderry, N.H., is a music education major. She has appeared in KSC’s Starting Here, Starting Now, and in Londonderry High School’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Jessica Woolmington (‘09) of North Providence, R.I., a theatre design major, is stage manager for the production and has worked on many other KSC productions, including Children’s Hour; Hot House; Fat Men in Skirts; Starting Here, Starting Now; Crimes of the Heart; and The Rolling Collection.

Chris Bell (‘11) of Higganum, Conn., a theatre design major, is assistant stage manager for the production. He has appeared and worked on many other KSC productions, including Starting Here, Starting Now; The Matchmaker; The Rimers of Eldritch; and Fat Men in Skirts.

Joseph Adams (‘09) of Dover, N.H., is a theatre major and assistant stage manager for the production. He has previously appeared in KSC’s Urinetown; Starting Here, Starting Now; Evening of Dance; and Hot House.

KSC professor of Theatre and Dance Cèline Perron is the lighting and set designer. Theatre and Dance faculty member Jenny Fulton is costume designer for the production. Craig Lindsay, Theatre and Dance faculty member, is technical director.

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