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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

By Todd Kreidler
Based on the screenplay Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Directed by Marti Lyons
with Associate Director Wardell Julius Clark

Mar 15, 2018 — Apr 15, 2018

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“. . . [the 1967 film] literally brought the issue of race into the home, both in the storytelling and thematically. Approaching it today I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about and engage in the attitudes of 1967, but in a way that was for the 21st Century.”
-Playwright Todd Kreidler

Matt and Christina Drayton live a modern, white upper-class life in 1960s San Francisco, but their comfortable life is muddled when daughter Joey returns home with John Prentice, a black physician whom she has known for ten days and intends to marry. Suddenly, their longtime progressive values are challenged; Matt and Christina find themselves facing difficult personal questions about the future of their daughter and their family. And unfortunately for the Draytons, Joey and John aren’t their only surprise guests coming to dinner.

Playwright Todd Kreidler has crafted a startlingly relevant look at the thought-provoking classic film that confronted race relations in 1967 America. Acclaimed Chicago director Marti Lyons makes her Court Theatre debut and Wardell Julius Clark joins the artistic team as Associate Director.

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Estimated Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including 15-minute intermission)


Court Theatre’s 2017/18 Season is sponsored by Barbara and Richard Franke.

Photo of Michael Pogue and Bryce Gangel by Joe Mazza.

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Q&A: Playwright Todd Kreidler

Playwright Todd Kreidler’s stage adaptation of the film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was produced by Washington DC’s Arena Stage in 2013. The production’s dramaturg, Linda Lombardi, spoke with Todd just as preview performances were about to begin.

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