Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
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Written by Todd Kreidler
SHOW TIMES: Wednesday, April 24th -
- Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Wed & Thurs 7:30pm / Fri & Sat 8:00pm
Wed & Sun 2:00pm

Matt and Christina Drayton are a progressive couple living in San Francisco. It is 1967 when their daughter Joanna arrives home unexpectedly with her fiancé, Dr. John Prentice, an African American doctor 11 years her senior. They’re in love and they want the Draytons’ blessing for their marriage – today.  Blindsided by their daughter’s whirlwind romance and fearful for her future, Matt and Christina quickly come to realize the difference between reading about and supporting a mixed-race couple in your newspaper and welcoming one into your family. It’s not long before a multi-family clash of racial and generational difference erupts.  At the end of the day, will love prevail?

Based on the iconic film, (screenplay by William Rose, directed by Timothy Bond), this thought-provoking comedy classic is a witty and insightful reflection on two families confronted by their prejudices.


Richarda Abrams* (Tillie) two time AUDELCO award-winning perfomer/playwright. Winner of 2018 United Solo Theatre Festival “Best Educational Show” award for First By Faith: The Life Of Mary McLeod Bethune appearing again this fall. Credits include: Amina Claudine Myers’ Generation IV, 2019 NYC Winter Jazz Festival, Last Days of Judas Iscariot director Estelle Parsons (La Mama). CD SONG FOR ALL with her father the late pianist/composer, Dr. Muhal Richard Abrams.



Cedric Cannon* (John Prentice, Sr.) Credits: Guess Whos Coming to Dinner, How to Use a Knife, Sweetee, In Dahomey, Cats, Goddess, Mikado, Carmen Jones, Three Willies, Man of LaMancha, The Pirates of Penzance, Camelot, Porgy and Bess, La Boheme, Madame Butterfly. Houston Grand Opera, Metropolitan Opera, NYC Opera, Frankfurt Opera, New Orleans Opera, Atlanta Opera, Edmonton Opera, Opera Carolina. Concert: Carnegie Hall, Israel Kibbutz Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Pushkin Festival, Polish Radio Orchestra, Filarmonica De Montevideo, Carnegie Hall, Pittsburgh Symphony and Reykjavik Symphomy. TV/film: Law and Order SVU, Law and Order, Blind, The Slap, Good Funk, Right of Way, Moon and Sun, Seven Lovers, Old 37, Know Your Logic, Raw Nerve, Cosby, Oz, All My Children, As the World Turns, Jon Benjamin has a Van and Porgy and Me


Krista Lucas (Hillary St. George) is delighted to be making her Ivoryton Playhouse debut as Hilary St. George. Ps. 37:4.





Katelyn Nichols (Joanna St. George)





Director:  Katheryn Markey

Stage Manager:  James Joseph Clark*

Scenic Designer:  Daniel Nischan

Lighting Designer:  Marcus Abbott

Sound Designer:  Tate R. Burmeister

Costume Designer:  Liz Saylor

* member of Actors Equity

The film, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, is a 1967 American comedy-drama film starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, and Katharine Hepburn, and features Hepburn’s niece Katharine Houghton.

The film was one of the few to depict an interracial marriage in a positive light, as interracial marriage historically had been illegal in most states of the US, and still was illegal in 17 states until 12 June 1967, six months before the film was released. The film’s Oscar-nominated score was composed by Frank De Vol.

The film is notable for being the ninth and final on-screen pairing of Tracy and Hepburn, with filming ending just 17 days before Tracy’s death. Hepburn never saw the completed film, saying the memories of Tracy were too painful. The film was released in December 1967, six months after his death. In 2017, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.










Join us for an opening night reception following the 8:00pm performance on Friday, April 26th. Light refreshments will be served.


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Playwright Todd Kreidler served as dramaturg to the late August Wilson - a two-time Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He worked with Wilson on Broadway and in regional theaters across the country, developing the final three plays in Wilson's famed American Century Cycle. Todd's adaption of the iconic film "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" is a widely produced stage play that has enjoyed successful runs at regional theaters such as the Court Theatre in Chicago, the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, St. Louis Rep, Indiana Rep and Cincinnati Shakespeare. Currently, Todd is writing a musical with Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, based on Sixx's music and best-selling memoir, The Heroin Diaries.