The Claremont-based Inland Valley Repertory Theater will present a live performance of Donald Margulies’ “Dinner with Friends” at 7 pm on June 15 and 16.
Patrick Brien directs the Inland Valley Repertory Theater production of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
In the play, Gabe and Karen, a happily married couple, discover that the married friends they introduced years ago are on the verge of divorce. Time goes back 12 years to the couple’s first meeting and throughout the play the two couples are seen at different times during their friendship and marriage.
“The communication that seems to flow so easily between the characters in Margulies can mask something else that people struggle with – the inability to communicate,” Brien said in a press release. “One thing is certain. There is a universality in Margulies’ work. Never has it been more apparent than in this play.
Tickets for the live performances are $ 27, available at ivrt.booktix.com.
Following “Dinner with Friends,” Inland Valley Repertory Theater will present Camp IVRT with in-person musical theater summer camps and the return of its interactive online theater program.
In the program, students aged 7 to 13 will create an original piece with songs from Broadway musicals.
Professional teacher artists and high school student assistants will work with students in person and in Zoom Music, Drama and Movement classes.
Online students will also work with a professional filmmaker to learn how to act for the camera, and each child can begin to create an actor ‘reel’ to keep.
“I am more than delighted to announce, in addition to our talented team of teaching artists, the virtual addition this summer of Spencer Weitzel who will teach ‘Act for the Camera'”, Donna Marie Minano, Executive Director of Inland Valley Repertory Theater. “In this new era of theater reinvention, knowing how to translate stage performance to screen has become a very important skill and I am delighted that our students are able to work with Spencer.”
Intensive Saturday in-person classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on June 25 and July 10, 17 and 24 at the Foothill County Day School campus, 1035 Harrison Ave., Claremont. COVID-19 safety instructions will be followed.
Two virtual sessions, June 21 to 25 and June 28 to July 2, meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday, and a virtual performance camp runs from July 12 to 30.
For course prices and to register, go to www.ivrt.org/camp-ivrt or call 909-720-7324. Thanks to a grant from the California Arts Council, several full and partial scholarships are available.
Camp IVRT is an educational outreach program of the Inland Valley Repertory Theater Company. Camp IVRT was started by Inland Valley Repertory Theater co-founder Donna Marie Minano, a faculty member at the Claremont Community School of Music and a music teacher at Claremont.