The Dining Room opens one week from today!

Published: May 30, 2018

Our Town Theatre in Oakland, MD is gearing up to present its next play: The Dining Room. Vice President of CurlyRed Mark Ludwig, as well as Mark and Kendall's daughter, Margot, will both be appearing in the performance.

Here's a summary of the play from the back of the playbook:

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 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. Each vignette introduces a new set of people and events; a father lectures his son on grammar and politics; a boy returns from boarding school to discover his mother's infidelity; a senile grandmother doesn't recognize her own sons at Thanksgiving dinner; a daughter, her marriage a shambles, pleads futilely to return home, etc. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity.


Samples of wallpapers from the Ludwig's home, the Elberon.

Designing the poster for The Dining Room was a delight. President and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig used samples of wallpapers from around her home to create the textures to lay into this flat design of a dining room. She then paired the graphic with a playful serif typeface. The end result is whimsical and nuanced, much like the plot of the play itself.


We hope you can join us in supporting this wonderful local theatre June 6th-10th! Reservations may be made by calling 301.334.5640 or by emailing ourtowntheatre@gmail.com.


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