BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot Theatre, Bangor’s professional theatre company, will continue its 35th anniversary season with a production of “Dinner With Friends” by Donald Marguiles. This winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize will be in performance March 18-29 at Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St.
“Some of our audience may be familiar with the HBO movie adaptation of this piece,” said Producing Artistic Director Scott RC Levy, “but Mr. Marguiles’ play stands as one of the best from the last decade. It is full of warmth, spiky humor and thought-provoking ideas.”
The play features two married couples who have been best friends for years. In their Connecticut home, Karen and Gabe, international food writers, are giving a dinner for Beth and Tom, which Tom doesn’t attend.
It emerges from the heartbroken Beth that he has left her for another woman.
Told with keen insight into our modern ways, the play is told via skillful construction, with some scenes taking place 12 years apart.
With this play, Marguiles established himself as one of America’s most important contemporary playwrights, Levy said.
Directed by Penobscot Theatre’s resident director, Nathan Halvorson, the play includes cast favorite AJ Mooney, Jeri Misler and Arthur Morison, and newcomer Christopher Berger.
Mooney was last seen in the theater’s recent productions of “State of the Union,” “The Night of the Iguana” and “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.”
Misler and Morison were last seen in “On Golden Pond.”
Berger is visiting Bangor from New York City. He has appeared in numerous theatrical productions and has been seen on television’s “As The World Turns,” “All My Children” and “Saturday Night Live,” as well as the film “Kissing Jessica Stein.”
Also joining Penobscot Theatre for the first time are scenic designer Sarah Pearline and costume designer Rhonda Kirkpatrick.
Pearline is a candidate in Yale University’s Master of Fine Arts program.
Kirkpatrick has been a costume designer for nearly 20 years and is the artistic director for the “slightly off-center players” in Dover-Foxcroft.
Andrew Frodahl, Penobscot Theatre’s technical director, is designing the lighting.
“Dinner With Friends” is made possible in part through the support of Farrell, Rosenblatt & Russell, production sponsor; and Machias Savings Bank, production.
Additionally, other support for these productions comes from Penobscot Theatre’s season hospitality and media sponsors: The Charles Inn, WLBZ NewsCenter 2, Bangor Daily News, The Maine Edge, WKIT, Blueberry Broadcasting and the Cumulus Radio Network.
Penobscot Theatre Company will present “Dinner With Friends” at 7 p.m. March 18-19 and 26; 8 p.m. March 20 and 27-28; 2 p.m. March 22 and 28-29; and 5 p.m. March 21.
For tickets or information, call the box office at 942-3333 or visit penobscottheatre.org