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King University News :: King’s Bob Dotson to Direct "Dinner with Friends" as Senior Capstone Project

BRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 20, 2015 – On Feb. 26 through March 1, King University’s Theatre Department will present Donald Margulies’ “Dinner with Friends.” The play will be directed by Theatre and History major Bob Dotson as his senior capstone project. The production will take place in King’s Fine Arts Theatre on the main campus in Bristol, Tenn., at 7:30 p.m.on Feb. 26-28 and at 2:30 p.m. on March 1.

“I chose ‘Dinner with Friends’ as my senior capstone project, because the play spoke to me personally,” says Dotson. “It is a fantastic exploration of adult relationships. Gabe and Karen are left to grapple with fear never before realized along with their feelings of betrayal and abandonment. They evaluate not only their friendship but their own relationship and are left searching for what is truly important in life. I believe it will provide a challenge for our Theatre team as well as myself, and allow our patrons the opportunity to have another pleasurable experience with our fantastic theatre program.”

In the play, “Dinner with Friends,” Donald Margulies masterfully dramatizes the effect of a break up between two sets of friends by exploring different stages of the couples’ lives together through scenes from the present and the past. Karen and Gabe and their closest friends Beth and Tom had planned on raising their kids together, vacationing together, and growing old together. However, when Beth and Tom surprise Karen and Gabe by separating, Karen and Gabe are forced to face an uncomfortable future. Will the four characters be able to remain friends?  Will Karen’s and Gabe’s “perfect” marriage survive?

Bob Dotson will direct the production as his senior capstone project. Scenic design for the play is by junior Richard Curtis. Sound design is by Associate Professor of Theatre Christopher Slaughter. For her senior capstone project, Robin Dotson will manage costume design.

This Pulitzer Prize winning drama of friendship and relationships will run Feb. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. and March 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the King University Fine Arts Theatre on the University’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn. Tickets are $5 general admission, and free with King ID. Please be advised that the performance contains mature language and subject matter. Contact Elizabeth Dollar, chair and associate professor of King’s Theatre Department, at (423) 652 4839 for additional information.

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