Spy Profile: Fiona Foster on Tred Avon Players and “The Dining Room”


It is one of the great ironies of small-town life that someone can find a lifelong career in the theater in a community of approximately 800 people, but that seems to have been the case with Fiona Foster and her more than 30 years of working with the Tred Avon Players Theater Company.

After spending the first part of her adult life in the Philadelphia suburbs raising children, Fiona abruptly changed her world by moving to Oxford in 1980. In fact, the Tred Avon Players performed their first production the same evening that she moved to town, which set the stage for her second life as theater director.

In her interview with the Spy, Fiona Foster talks about those early years, her love of live performance, and the special family of actors, (including her late second husband, David Foster) backstage volunteers, and members of the audience that make up the special world of community theater and the Tred Avon Players.

Fiona also talks about A. R. Gurney’s comedy of manners “The Dining Room” set to be performed by the theater group on April 23.  This is the second time she has directed the Pulitzer prize-winning portrayal of the decline of WASP culture.

Opening night on April 23, is “Thrifty Thursday,” featuring two-for-one tickets. The other performances are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays, April 24 and 25, and May 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees are also scheduled for April 26, and May 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students with ID. Visit www.tredavonplayers.org to buy tickets online or contact (410) 226-0061 to reserve “your place at the table,” in The Dining Room.

This video is approximately seven minutes in length

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