Weston actors are featured in 'The Dining Room'

From left, Mark Basile of Weston, Jo Anne Parady, and Katie Sparer are appearing in the play The Dining Room.

From left, Mark Basile of Weston, Jo Anne Parady, and Katie Sparer are appearing in the play The Dining Room.

Theatre Artists Workshop of Norwalk is performing A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room, featuring Weston actors Mark Basile, Barbara Rhoades, and Chilton Ryan.

The Dining Room is a comedy of manners, set in a single dining room where 18 scenes from different households overlap and intertwine. Each story focuses on a different family during different time periods but has in their possession the same dining room furniture set built before the turn of the 1900s.

First produced in New York City in 1981, The Dining Room has become a beloved staple of contemporary American theater. The Theatre Artists Workshop continues its celebrated series of Classic Night Readings by bringing The Dining Room to audiences to Fairfield County.

Co-directed by Katie Sparer and Mark Basile, the performance stars Barbara Rhoades, Jo Anne Parady, Melody James, Richard Leonard, Chilton Ryan, and Ms. Sparer and Mr. Basile. Kim Malara is the stage director.

Performances are at the Theatre Artists Workshop, 5 Gregory Blvd. in Norwalk, Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16, at 8 p.m. There is no charge for admission. Parking is also free.

Reservations are not taken for Classic Nights, so early arrival is recommended to ensure a seat. For more information, visit taworkshop.org.

The Theatre Artists Workshop is a group of professional actors, writers, and directors who have been honing their craft on a weekly basis for more than 30 years.

Started by Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey), and his wife Susie Fuller, the company now numbers more than 120, and has added Classic Nights, fall and spring performances, as well as Alternate Night showcases for new works.

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