Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play - The play is divided into ten scenes, all but one taking place on a Saturday at roughly the same time in late spring in consecutive years. It begins in the recent past and proceeds into the present. The play takes place in the city of Dix, a medium-sized municipality found
somewhere in the (not too deep) American South and in New York City.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Local Celebrity Cameo
Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes
Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Large Stage
The story of friendship between two women in their sixties is played out over the course of ten years, each year representing another reunion for Beverly Duggins and Addie Spool, two participants in a series of annual "tableaux" sponsored by the Museum of Dix, in a small city in the South. Within human diorama settings as simple as a frontier cabin porch or the cow stall of a local dairy barn, and as elaborate as the "Spit and Curl" beauty salon (circa 1930) and the front seat of Thelma and Louise's plummeting convertible, Beverly, the lonely urban professional, and Addie, the down-home pharmacist's assistant, chart the course of each other's lives, while fending off incursions from the officiously bothersome fellow-poser Maureen. Through the ten scenes which comprise the play, the two women are forced to endure the constant interruptions of the museum's "promenaders" who "ooh" and "ah" at the lifelike presentations, offering up their comical comments, both kind and cruel. Though they see one another only one weekend a year, and in spite of their very different backgrounds, Beverly and Addie nurture a growing and abiding friendship. In the end, it becomes the strongest and most sustaining friendship of their lives.
Dix Tableaux was commissioned by the Community Theatre League in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as part of the author's long association with this theatre through his playwright's residency there. It premiered on January 21, 2005.