Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Directed by David Esbjornson, Completes Huntington's Upcoming Season

Boston's Huntington Theatre Company has announced that a new stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" will kick off its 2014-15 season with performances beginning Sept. 5.

Todd Kreidler has penned the stage adaptation based on the screenplay by William Rose. David Esbjornson will direct the production, which will continue through Oct. 5.

The drama is described as such: "Joanna surprises her liberal, white parents when she brings home John, her African-American fiancé, to meet them. Both sets of parents must confront their own unexpected reactions and concerns for their children as their beliefs are put to the test. Set in the 1960s, this funny and poignant new stage adaptation offers a fresh interpretation of the beloved Academy Award-winning film."

“'Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner' is a cultural touchstone,” said Kreidler in a statement. “Approaching it today, I wanted to talk about and engage in the attitudes of 1967 with a 21st century approach. People have tried to make linguistic adjustments so racism today has become more covert. The overt systemic racism and endemic attitudes are cloaked but still very much alive today.”

“I am delighted to return to the Huntington to present Todd Kreidler's exciting new stage adaptation of what has become a classic American story,” added Esbjornson. “We hope that audiences will find the experience of this piece to be compelling, provocative, and perhaps all-too-relevant."

The remainder of the previously announced season follows:

  • Ether Dome, a provocative medical thriller by Elizabeth Egloff set at Boston’s own Massachusetts General Hospital; directed by Michael Wilson; produced in association with La Jolla Playhouse and Hartford Stage; at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Oct. 17-Nov. 16, 2014
  • Awake and Sing!, the stirring American classic by Clifford Odets about an unforgettable American family; directed by Melia Bensussen; at the Boston University Theatre Nov. 7-Dec. 7
  • Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang’s Broadway comedy and 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play; directed by former Huntington artistic director Nicholas Martin; at the Boston University Theatre Jan. 2-Feb. 1, 2015
  • The Second Girl, a moving new Irish drama by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Ronan Noone inspired by Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night; directed by Campbell Scott; at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Jan. 16-Feb. 15
  • The Colored Museum, the scathing comedy by George C. Wolfe that redefined what it means to be black in contemporary America; directed by Tony Award winner Billy Porter; at the Boston University Theatre March 6-April
  • after all the terrible things i do, a timely new drama by A. Rey Pamatmat about bullying and second chances; directed by Huntington artistic director Peter DuBois; at the Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA May 22-June 20
  • Come Back, Little Sheba, an intimate new production of William Inge’s classic play by visionary director David Cromer; in the Roberts Studio Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA March 27-April 26  (Come Back, Little Sheba is not part of the 2014-15 subscription season – tickets sold separately.)

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