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Nashua Theatre Guild Presents Dinner With Friends

NASHUA, NH: A compelling and humorous story of two marriages will be Nashua Theatre Guild's next production -- the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dinner With Friends by Donald Marguiles. Performances will be at 14 Court Street Theater in Nashua on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, January 17, 18, & 19 at 8:00 p.m. plus Saturday and Sunday matinees on January 19 & 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Two married couples have been friends for years. International food writers Gabe and Karen are jolted when their friends Tom, a lawyer, and Beth, an aspiring artist, are ending their marriage. As one marriage dissolves, the fallout threatens the foursomes friendships but also their pre-conceived notions of themselves. TIME magazine says, "Margulies writes about relationships with such intelligence and spiky humor that his comedy-drama...becomes something quite wonderful."

Nashua Theatre Guild's cast is full of four well-known actors--Craig Ciampa of Georgetown, MA as Gabe, Marie Papp of Hooksett as Karen, Larry Pizza of Nashua as Tom, and Mari Keegan of Hudson as Beth. Mr. Ciampa and Ms. Keegan are previous winners of The NH Theatre Awards--he for Ghostlight Theater Company's The Eight--The Reindeer Monologues and she for Merrimack Community Theater's The Good Doctor. Mr. Ciampa has also locally in Macbeth, also for Ghostlight Theater Company. Ms. Keegan has been a local acting staple for the last 5 years--appearing most recently in Milford Area Players' Don't Dress For Dinner. Ms. Papp was most recently seen Best Foot Forward Productions' Macbeth. She has also appeared at 14 Court Steet in Nashua Theatre Guild's The Philadelphia Story and Merrimack Community Theater's Love is Murder. Mr. Pizza has most recently appeared in String Fever in Nashua for Yellow Taxi Productions.

The production is directed by Kevin Riley of Hudson. A five-time winner of directing awards at NHCTA drama festivals, his directing credits include Nashua Theatre Guild's Sylvia and Merrimack Community Theater's The Good Doctor. Joe Pelonzi of Hudson will be stage managing and Mariah Herlihy of Lyndeborough is producing.

Admission is $13 for all performances. One dollar of each admission will be donated to The Friends of Court Street. There will be a special $10 admission for seniors, students and military members for the Saturday matinee only--a dollar from each will also be donated to The Friends of Court Street. Tickets can be obtained online at nashuatheatreguild.org. For more information, call 603-320-2530. This play contains adult language and situations, parental discretion advised.