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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

“This production is a must-see” -Kevin Greene, Newcity

3.5 Stars “high-stakes drama, uncomfortable confrontations and more than a few cathartic laughs” -Catey Sullivan, Chicago Sun-Times

“Thought-provoking … it still resonates today … a delightful and fun play
-Rick and Brenda McCain, Chicago Now

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.

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours 5 minutes (including 15-minute intermission)

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

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is sponsored by 

Photo by Michael Brosilow.

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Articles and Interviews

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.

Q&A: Director Marti Lyons

Director Marti Lyons discusses Guess Who's Coming to Dinner how the company of artists will "re-interpret this beautiful, flawed, historical, unnerving, and urgent work."

Cultural Memory

Production Dramaturg Gabrielle Randle explores the cultural significance of the 1967 Film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

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