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