Set in 1967, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner follows two sets of parents as they learn their children have fallen in love with someone of a difference race.
“Marriage across perceived boundaries—race, religion, gender, even class or clan—causes tensions between viewpoints and generations that still resonate in our culture,” said executive artistic director Janet Allen, who hopes the production will challenge the social response to traditional marriage definitions and get families and friend groups talking.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner emphasizes “family style” in every possible way – from a mid-century modern set which serves as the backdrop as two families meet for the first time, to flattering 60’s-era clothing that reflects each character’s consideration of the occasion and how they hope to impress the family of their child’s significant other.
“Todd Kreidler’s adaptation of William Rose’s screenplay asks us to consider how far we’ve come in the last 50 years, and then reminds us of just how far we have yet to go—while simultaneously sparking laughter and touching our hearts,” said director Skip Greer, an artist-in-residence of 21 years at Geva Theatre. “The production invites theatre-goers to the table to join a conversation that reminds us of the overwhelming power of love in our lives.”
The nine cast members, whose credits include Prison Break, The Bold and The Beautiful and appearances on Broadway, come together in a culture-clashing, family-testing, witty and thoughtful drama that asks: can love really conquer all?
Find out for yourself at Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Tickets start at $25, visit irtlive.com for more information.
What: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
When: January 10 – February 4
Where: One America Mainstage, 140 W Washington Street
Run Time: 2 hours, with one 15-minute intermission
Age: Recommended for patrons in 9th grade and older
Content advisory: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a family dramedy that contains strong language, including racially charged dialogue.
THE CAST & THE CREATIVE TEAM
ROBERT M. KOHARCHIK | Scenic Design
B. MODERN | Costume Design
KENDALL SMITH | Lighting Design
TODD MACK REISCHMAN | Sound Design
OPENING NIGHT | January 13, performance at 7:30 PM
BACKSTAGE TOUR | January 15, performance at 2 PM
IRTEA TALK | January 22, performance at 2 PM
HAPPY HOUR | January 24, performance at 6:30 PM
POST-SHOW DISCUSSION | February 2, performance at 2 PM
COOKIES & COFFEE | February 2, performance at 2 PM
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