by Mark Dunn
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 11m, 22f, 2boy(s), 3girl(s)
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 Spools, two participants in a series of annual "tableaux" sponsored by the Museum of Dix, in a small city in the South.
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: 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.
- Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
Casting11m, 22f, 2boy(s), 3girl(s)
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Features Children
- Flexible casting
- Local Celebrity Cameo
- Roles for Children
- Room for Extras
Dix Tableaux was written to be performed by a variable number of actors, although the three principal roles, ADDIE SPOOL, BEVERLY DUGGINS, and MAUREEN must not be double-cast. The character count assumes a non-doubling ensemble. The remaining members of the cast will play the PROMENADERS, an eclectic bunch of men, women and children who stroll in and out of the play making commentary on the Tableaux that have been assembled for their enjoyment. The play can be played most economically by two women, one young and one middle aged; a middle-aged man; and a young girl of elementary school age. In productions in which economy of casting is not an issue, the author grants permission to cast these roles however best suits the production, even altering age and sex when necessary to spread the roles among a large ensemble.