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Couples face challenges in this post-War comedy-drama, set in a residential hotel in England.
Separate Tables is actually a compilation of two short plays. The two pieces share a location, a dining room in a residential hotel in Bournemouth, England, and also share some of the same characters.
WHAT: Separate Tables. A play.
WHO: Written by Terence Rattigan. Directed by Jules Aaron.
In the first act, Table by the Window, an alcoholic left-wing writer loves the female manger of the hotel. Their world is rocked when the man’s ex-wife, a glamorous model dreading the approach of her middle age, checks into the hotel. The model has her ex in her sights. What will he do?
In the second act, Table Number Seven, an ex-Army man enjoys the company of a spinster. They have things in common: Both are afraid of life and of other people in particular. When the woman’s manipulative, domineering mother exposes the man’s hidden sins, will she succeed in driving the soldier and the spinster apart?
Sir Terence Rattigan (1911-1977) is the playwright. His 33 plays include The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, and Flare Path, which Theatre 40 produced in 2014. He was also a screenwriter, twice nominated for the Academy Award ®. Notable among his work written directly for the screen was The Prince and the Showgirl, starring Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier, which Olivier directed.
Separate Tables debuted in London in 1954. Transfering to Broadway, it was nominated for the Tony® in 1957.
Jules Aaron directs the new production. Jules is one of Los Angeles’ most honored directors, the recipient of over thirty awards for his work directing over 250 stage and television productions. Earlier this season, he directed the West Coast Premiere of The Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart. Last season, he directed A Shred of Evidence and Rod Serling’s Patterns at Theatre 40. In the previous Theatre 40 season, he helmed The Gamester and Blonde Poison.
Jules’ cast for Separate Tables includes (in alphabetical order) Diana Angelina, Roz Cohn, Melissa Collins, John Combs, Adrian Neal, Susan Priver, Michelle Schultz, Suzan Soloman, Caleb Slavens, David Hunt Stafford, Mariko Van Kampen and Mona Lee Wilde.
Stage Manager: Don Solosan. Assistant stage manager: Richard Carner. Costume design: Michèle Young. Lighting design: Kent Inasy. Set design: Jeff G. Rack. Original music by Max Kinberg.
Better known in his native England than in the U.S., Rattigan was considered one of the 20th Century’s most important English playwrights. Separate Tables is one of his most accessible and entertaining works.
Presenter / Producer: Theatre 40
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Performance Dates: 5/18/2017 - 6/18/2017
Thurs.- Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 2:00. Except May 19, when the show will start at 7:00.
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