WBUR’s Robin Young, co-host of the nationally-broadcast “Here & Now” speaks with Malcolm-Jamal Warner about Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, his time as a member of TV’s favorite family, and more following the 8pm performance on Friday, September 26. An ArtWeek event.
Robin Young brings more than 25 years of broadcast experience to her role as host of “Here & Now.” She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS, and ABC television and for several years was a substitute host and correspondent for “The Today Show.” Ms. Young received several Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as cable’s Ace award, the Religious Public Relations Council’s Wilbur Award, and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award. She has also received radio’s regional Edward R. Murrow award. As an independent documentary filmmaker, she produced and directed the opening film for Marion Wright Edelman’s White House Conference on Children and followed the rise of then unknown filmmaker John Singleton in the film Straight from the Hood. Her documentary The Los Altos Story, made in association with the Rotary Club of Los Altos, CA, won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and is now the backbone of a worldwide HIV/AIDS awareness initiative. She has had an eclectic career in broadcasting, serving as second director on Boston Bruins and Red Sox telecasts, was one of the first hosts on the groundbreaking television show “Evening Magazine,” and she’s pretty sure she’s the only Peabody Award-winner who has also hosted a cooking game show! Ms. Young was born on New York’s Long Island, attended Ithaca College in upstate New York, and has lived and worked in Manhattan, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, but Boston is her hub.
Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Dr. John Prentice) is a seasoned actor, musician, director, and producer. Mr. Warner first rose to national prominence appearing in the television series “The Cosby Show.” His work on the show garnered him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Other television credits include NBC’s hit show “Community,” TNT’s “Major Crimes” and “Hawthorne,” CBS’ “The Cleaner,” Showtime’s “Dexter,” and BET’s original series “Reed Between the Lines.” As a director, he has worked on television series including “Malcolm & Eddie,” “The Cosby Show,” “All That,” “Keenan & Kel,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Sesame Street,” “Reed Between the Lines,” and the AIDS awareness video “Timeout: The Truth about HIV, AIDS, and YOU” (NAACP Key of Life Image Award). His short film This Old Man received critical acclaim on the theatre festival circuit. Mr. Warner made his feature film debut in Paramount Pictures’ Drop Zone and was also seen in Warner Bros.’ Pictures Fools Gold. He also co-starred in the independent films Restaurant with Adrien Brody, A Fare to Remember, and The List with Wayne Brady. His theatre credits include Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Arena Stage), Three Ways Home, Cryin’ Shame (NAACP Theater Award for Best Supporting Actor), and Freefall (Victory Gardens Theater), A Midsummer Nights’ Dream (La Jolla Playhouse), and the West Coast debut of his one-man theatrical production of Love and Other Social Issues. He plays bass guitar in his jazz-funk band Miles Long. The band has performed in several major jazz festivals and recently performed at the historic Apollo Theater. His CDs are available on iTunes.
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Malcolm-Jamal Warner (“The Cosby Show”) makes his Huntington debut in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner directed by Huntington favorite David Esbjornson (All My Sons). 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 and also features Julia Duffy (“Newhart”), Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox, and Boston favorite Will Lyman.
Approximate run time: 2 hours and 15 minutes including one intermission.
"David Esbjornson brings a striking contemporary perspective to classics that allow us to experience them in new and unexpected ways. After his astonishing production of All My Sons, I can't wait for him to reveal the emotional and social immediacy of the ideas raised by this landmark film." — Peter DuBois
"Guess Who's Coming To Dinner is a cultural touchstone. Approaching it today, I wanted to talk about and engage in the attitudes of 1967 with a 21st century approach."— Todd Kreidler
"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. We hope that audiences will find the experience of this piece to be compelling, provocative, and perhaps all-too-relevant."— David Esbjornson