Stage & Screen: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Coolidge Corner Theatre
Join Guess Who's Coming to Dinner playwright/adapter Todd Kreidler and Boston Globe Metro reporter James H. Burnett III for a special screening of Spike Lee's Jungle Fever starring Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, and Samuel L. Jackson followed by a conversation about the ways in which these two influential works reflect changing attitudes about interracial relationships. Part of the Stage & Screen series, a collaboration between the Huntington Theatre Company and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
About Jungle Fever
Released in 1991, Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever depicts the consequences of an interracial affair between married African-American architect Flipper Purify (Wesley Snipes) and his working-class Italian-American secretary, Angie Tucci (Annabella Sciorra). Scrutinized by their friends, cast out from their families, and shunned by their neighbors, Flipper and Angie soon find their relationship at a crossroads.
Featuring an original soundtrack by Stevie Wonder, this “superbly orchestrated” (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader) drama features electrifying supporting performances by Samuel L. Jackson and Halle Berry.
Prior to Jungle Fever, Hollywood’s highest-profile take on the subject of interracial romance was Stanley Kramer’s beloved 1967 film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Starring Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy, the film was a critical and commercial success, garnering several Oscar nominations and two wins (Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay).
About Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
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