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Dinner Theatre Welcomes Playgoers

For the first time, the Communication Arts department hosted a dinner theatre evening on the opening night of Trinity’s spring play. Texas-themed fare complemented the spring production of Horton Foote’s The Habitation of Dragons, a story set in Texas during the Dust Bowl years.   

The evening included “An Insider’s Guide to the Show” by Director John Sebestyen, assistant professor of communication arts, who gave a detailed presentation of the play’s themes, setting, and playwright. Sebestyen also spoke on the play selection, casting, designing, and rehearsal process. Following the play, guests enjoyed a backstage tour. 

Sebestyen and Dr. Annalee Ward, professor of communication arts, planned the event with the help of students Rachel Dlugopolski ’10 of Cabot, Pennsylvania, and Tegan Swift ’10 of Ankeny, Iowa. The group was delighted to welcome 50 guests for dinner. The meal, served by Mary Tambrini and Creative Dining won rave reviews. 

“Overall, we were thrilled with the response and hope to do it again,” said Ward.

The play depicts a small Texas family struggling to work through lies and misunderstandings toward places of potential reconciliation. The inaugural spring production in the Marg Kallemeyn Theatre was performed to sold-out crowds in April.


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