Dix Tableaux

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.

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Dix Tableaux

by  Mark Dunn

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 22f, 2boy(s), 3girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • 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

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

11m, 22f, 2boy(s), 3girl(s)
ADDIE SPOOL
BEVERLY DUGGINS
MAUREEN
PROMENADERS
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

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.

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Authors

Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn is the author of over thirty full-length plays, with two of his one-acts and eleven of his full-lengths published in acting edition by Samuel French, Inc. His award-winning plays BELLES, FIVE TELLERS DANCING IN THE RAIN, NORTH FORK: A TEXAS TRAGICOMEDY and A DELIGHTFUL QUARANTINE have together been produced ...

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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.

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