Matthew Arkin, Lisa Emery, Kevin Kilner and Julie White will sit down for a theatrical appetizer in Stamford, CT, Oct. 12-17 in Donald Margulies' Dinner With Friends.
The main-course East Coast run, at Off-Broadway's Variety Arts Theatre, begins Oct. 21, toward a Nov. 4 official opening.
The author of Collected Stories has cooked up a serious and funny play about a dissolving marriage and the disillusioned friends left behind. Daniel Sullivan (The Heidi Chronicles, I'm Not Rappaport) directs.
The Stamford run is at the Stamford Center for the Arts, 307 Atlantic Street. Call (203) 325-4466 for information.
The rueful drama about divorce and the unsure friendships, was previously seen at Actors Theatre of Louisville and (in a revised form) South Coast Repertory Theatre. The four-character, two-couple play (a pair of successful food writers, and an artist and a lawyer), had its world premiere in 1998 as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre in Kentucky. The revised version was staged by Sullivan at South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa, CA, in October 1998.
Designers are Neil Patel (set), Jess Goldstein (costumes), Rui Rita (lighting).
Actor Matthew Arkin appeared on Broadway in Laughter on the 23rd Floor and in Off-Broadway's You Should Be So Lucky.
Lisa Emery has appeared in New York in Far East, Burn This, Curtains and Marvin's Room.
Kilner appeared in The Glass Menagerie opposite Julie Harris in New York.
White appeared in Off-Broadway's The Family of Mann, Spike Heels, Lucky Stiff and more. She was Nadine on TV's "Grace Under Fire" for four years.
-- By Kenneth Jones