director | dramaturg | producer

The Dining Room

by A.R. Gurney

New Leaf Theatre | Fall 2007

Our work in this production on creating a site-specific love letter to our space, that also illuminated the relationships formed in the text rather than the physical trappings of a comfortable life. To me, this play isn't about WASPs, it's about family in its myriad forms. To hone that focus, we took away all the props - except for the wine glasses with which we toasted at the end of the show - and instead lived with the remembered sound of the most essential objects.
photos by Christopher Ash
Christine Stulik
Tiffany Topol
Max Lesser
Nick Mikula
Melissa Dyan Pryor
Steven Wilson
Marsha Harman

Asst. Director/Dramaturg:
Sarah Baughman
Stage Manager: Michelle Lilly
Sceneographer: Jared Moore
Sound Designer: Nick Keenan
Costume Designer: Rachel Sypniewski
Movement Coach: Kevin Douglas
"... Hutchinson’s highly seductive in-the-round production is crisply alert and flushed."
- Christopher Piatt | Time Out Chicago
"...Jessica Hutchinson’s revival made it seem sweet as pie."
- Time Out Chicago's Most Wanted