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Man Who Came to Dinner
The Man Who Came to Dinner

November 13, 2006 :: No. 70

Who: Department of Theatre and Dance at Cal State Fullerton

By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Eve Himmelheber


November 17-December 10, 2006
8:00 pm November 17, 18, 30, December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9,
6:30 pm December 3
2:00 pm November 19, December 2, 3, 9, 10


Young Theatre, Cal State Fullerton’s Performing Arts Center, 800 N. State College Blvd. (Nutwood and State College), Fullerton


THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER is a three-act Broadway comedy that first premiered on October 16, 1939. Written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER’s main character Sheridan Whiteside is based on their good friend Alexander Woollcott, the celebrated theatre critic and star of the radio show “The Town Crier.” Hart had experienced a rather harrowing episode with Woollcott as his houseguest, and from there the idea was born. The printed edition of the play starts with “To Alexander Woollcott, for reasons that are nobody’s business.” Woollcott was delighted with his portrayal as Whiteside, the outlandish and slightly obnoxious orator that anchors the play.
THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER is the story of the unsuspecting Stanley family of Ohio, who invite the famous Sheridan Whiteside to dinner. When he slips on the ice and injures his hip, the dinner guest soon becomes a houseguest, who then becomes a most demanding and intimidating presence in the Stanley household. Kaufman and Hart string together a slew of Hollywood and Broadway inspired characters who add to the pandemonium as they bring love, laughter and penguins to the Stanley household. Director Eve Himmelheber says, “I like to think of it as a holiday gift to our audiences: an evening of celebrity-studded high comedy transpiring during the holiday season in the early 1930s.”

Director Eve Himmelheber is coordinator of CSUF's Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre program, and has performed professionally in regional theatre, civic light opera, at the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl. Scene designer Myung Hee Cho designed the celebrated production of WIT and LACKAWANNA BLUES that toured North America. Her designs have been seen in theatres from La Jolla Playhouse and South Coast Repertory Theatre to New York's Public Theater and Singapore Repertory. Renee Duron is the costume designer, Katy Streeter is the lighting designer, Katie O’Meara is the make-up designer, and sound designer is John Fisher.


Advance sales: $9 for general admission, and $8 with the Titan discount (available to students, senior citizens or with a CSUF ID). All tickets purchased at the door are $9.

Box Office :

Hours: 11a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and
one hour prior to performance.
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Media Contacts:

Jim Volz, Department of Theatre and Dance, at 657-278-3538
Elizabeth Champion, College of the Arts, at 657-278-2434

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Man Who Came to Dinner
Pictured above, left to right, Ryan Nicolls (as Sheridan Whiteside) and Lee Lee Lawler (as Lorain Sheldon) in the production of Kaufman and Hart’s The Man Who Came to Dinner

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