The Long Christmas Dinner – nine decades long – showcases the lives of several generations of the Bayard family, and some of their Christmas dinners. Wilder breaks the boundaries of time as we measure it, and invites us to partake of “one long, happy Christmas dinner” – past, present, and future. As generations appear, have children, wither, and depart, only the audience appreciates what changes and what remains the same. “Every last twig is wrapped around with ice. You almost never see that,” young Genevieve marvels, not realizing that her mother made this observation years earlier, or that her daughter-in-law will one day do the same.
KeywordsAdolescence, Aging, Business, Childhood, Christianity, Death, Illness/Health, Love, Marriage, Memory, Parenting/Family, Religion
- Genre: Christmas/Holiday
- Time Period: 1900-1910, 19th Century, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI
- Cast Attributes: Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Roles for Teens, Flexible casting, Local Celebrity Cameo, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors
- Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)