The Man Who Came to Dinner

May 11 - June 02, 2012

Written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service
Directed by Tami Keaton
Produced by Janelle Phaneuf and Michael Byrne

The Man Who Came to Dinner is a comedy in three acts by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. It debuted on October 16, 1939. Kaufman and Hart wrote the play as a vehicle for their friend Alexander Woollcott, the model for the lead character Sheridan Whiteside. At the time the play was written Woollcott was famous both as the theater critic and as the star of the national radio show. Woollcott was well liked by both Kaufman and Hart, but that did not stop him from displaying the obnoxious characteristics displayed by Whiteside in the play. Kaufman and Hart had promised a vehicle for Woollcott but had been unable to find a plot that suited them until one day Woollcott showed up, unannounced, at Hart's estate, and proceeded to take over the house. He slept in the master bedroom, terrorized Hart's staff, and generally acted like Sheridan Whiteside. On his way out he wrote in Hart's guest book, "This is to certify that I had one of the most unpleasant times I ever spent." Hart related the story to Kaufman soon afterwards. As they were both laughing about it, Hart remarked that he was lucky that Woollcott hadn't broken his leg and become stuck there. Kaufman looked at Hart and the idea was born.

Having dined at the home of the Stanleys, Sheridan Whiteside slips on their doorstep and breaks his hip, necessitating a tumultuous six weeks of confinement. Join the Stanleys as ex-convicts are invited to meals, transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill, penguins take residence in the library, an octopus moves into the cellar, 10,000 cockroaches take over the kitchen… And then there’s the mysterious mummy case…


Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
May 11th through June 2nd, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 PM