University of Scranton Players to Present ‘Table Manners’

Sep 15, 2014

The University of Scranton Players will present “Table Manners” by Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Sept. 19-21 and 26-28. Students Mike Kranick (left) and Conor Hurley (right) rehearse a scene from the play. Performances begin at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays in the McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts on campus.

The University of Scranton Players will open their fall 2014 season with the play “Table Manners,” written by Sir Alan Ayckbourn, and directed by Michael O’Steen, associate professor of English and theatre.

Performances will take place Friday, Sept. 19 , and Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m.; as well as Friday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 27,  at 8 p.m.; and Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. Performances will take place in the Joseph M. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts.

The production features Corey Kelly (as Norman), Conor Hurley (as Tom), Mike Kranick (as Reg), Bridget Kolf (as Annie), Megan Lasky (as Sarah) and Bri Kelley (as Ruth). Local participants include stage manager Megan Esty (Scranton), Corey Kelly (Clarks Summit) and Mike Kranick (Dunmore).

“Table Manners” is the first of three plays in Sir Ayckbourn’s British trilogy, “The Norman Conquests.” “Table Manners” centers itself around three adult siblings, Annie, Ruth, Reg, and their mates, who all simultaneously love and loathe each other, with plenty of family drama to go around. The central character in Sir Ayckbourn’s play is Ruth’s husband, Norman, who desperately needs to be needed, especially upon considering his career-obsessed wife’s obvious neglect of him. “Table Manners” has proven to be quite the success for Sir Ayckbourn, as it was performed on Broadway for 69 separate performances in 1975, and later produced in London’s prestigious Old Vic Theatre in 2008.

Sir Ayckbourn plays have been translated into over 35 languages, and 10 have been staged on Broadway. He received a Tony Award for “The Norman Conquests.”

Tickets are available by reservation or may be purchased at the box office located on the first floor of the McDade Center on the night of the performance. General admission tickets are $10. Tickets for elementary, secondary and college students, senior citizens, and University of Scranton faculty and staff are $7.

For more information, contact the Players Box Office at 570-941-4318, by email at or visit or The University of Scranton Players on Facebook.


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