HPU Theatre To Feature 'The Dining Room'


HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 4, 2010 ? The High Point University Theatre will present “The Dining Room,” Feb. 18-28 in the Empty Space Theatre of the Old Student Center. The production is open to the public.

“The Dining Room” is a humorous and compassionate play from American playwright A.R. Gurney. Scripted as a series of overlapping vignettes, the play visits a host of characters as they go about their daily business.

Doug Brown, instructor of theatre, is directing the production that will feature 18 scenes and 57 characters.

“All of the actors will play multiple roles, ranging in age from small children to senior citizens,” Brown says. “The scenes are random and cover 1930s Depression era to modern day. And the setting is the same for all scenes ? the dining room. In a sense, the dining room is also a character in this play. Every scene is a reflection on how that particular room has impacted the lives of individual characters.”

The unique production will feature Sharisse Vernelle Saunders, senior; Nathan Ruffin, junior; Cate Lightburn, sophomore; and Chrissy Bracken, Brandon Browning, Matt Kniffen, Turner Morehead and Melanie Thomas, all freshmen.

Show times for the production are 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 18-20 and Feb. 25-27, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 21 and 28. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for students and $3 for children 12 and under. Those interested in purchasing tickets may contact the HPU box office at Hayworth Fine Arts Center at 336-841-4673.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

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