Grand Marais Playhouse offers "Dix Tableaux"

Summer isn’t over yet and the Playhouse still has one more fantastic production to present!

Dix Tableaux by Mark Dunn will open August 22. According to publisher Samuel French, Inc. Dix Tableaux is the story of friendship between two women in their sixties, played out over 10 years, each year representing another reunion for Beverly Duggins and Addie Spool, 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 10 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 is directed by Susan Kelnberger with the cast of Beth Farone, Marcia Hyatt, Janet Healey and the “promenaders” still being determined. Performances are August 22 – 25, 29 and Sept. 1. Thursday - Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $17 adults and $7 students. Playhouse members receive a discount. The Aug. 23 performance is “Food Shelf First Friday,”—bring $10 or 5 items to donate to the food shelf and get one ticket free with the purchase of another of equal or higher value. Sunday Aug. 25 is “donation at the door”—pay any amount for your ticket. Discounts available at the door only.

 Advance tickets are available on-line at www.grandmaraisplayhouse.com. The ACA box office opens one hour before each performance.