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Batavia High School presents: The Dining Room

Oct 26, 2016 10:38AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Batavia High School students practicing their parts for The Dining Room at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

by Cassady Chadwell

Batavia High School Productions presents The Dining Room, one of A.R. Gurney’s most notable plays. This production is directed by Dominic Cattero and performances will be on Nov. 4 & 5 at 7:30pm at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

Tickets are available at and at the box office. Tickets prices through the box office are $14 for the orchestra section and $13 for the mezzanine. If purchased online, tickets are $12 for the orchestra section and $11 for the mezzanine.

The Dining Room tells the story of the relatively short-lived culture of the upper-middle class American White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP). Time traveling from the early 1930s to the late 1980s through the bonds and breakages of 18 different families, Gurney creates a patchwork of interrelated scenes, some funny and some touching. Together the pieces form a puzzle that reveals a glimpse of the life of a WASP. The play is set in the dining room of an average, well-to-do home, a place not only for breakfast, dinner, and special occasions, but for bonding, education, and discipline. The actors in this show will change roles, personalities, and ages in order to bring the total of 52 total characters to life right before your eyes.

According to show director, Dominic Cattero, “The Dining Room is a look at ourselves, a look at the language we use to communicate with each other, and a look at the struggles we engage in as we search for individuality.”

Cassady Chadwell is a student at Batavia High School and member of the cast