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Malcolm-Jamal Warner To Lead The Cast of New Stage Adaptation Of Guess Who's Coming To Dinner at the Huntington Theatre Company Beginning September 5

(BOSTON) — Huntington Theatre Company announces that Malcolm-Jamal Warner, best known for his breakout role as Theo Huxtable, Bill Cosby's son on "The Cosby Show," will play Dr. Prentice in Guess Who's Coming To Dinner in the Huntington's season opener September 5 — October 5, 2014 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre. Complete casting will be announced at a later date. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

Written by Todd Kreidler (Holler if Ya Hear Me on Broadway, August Wilson's long-time dramaturg) based on the screenplay by William Rose, and directed by David Esbjornson (All My Sons at the Huntington and Driving Miss Daisy on Broadway), this funny and poignant new stage adaptation offers a fresh interpretation of the beloved Academy Award-winning film. 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 in this warm family comedy.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner will reprise the role of Dr. John Prentice, made famous by Sidney Poitier in the original film, from a production at Arena Stage earlier this year. The Washington Post called Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, "so darn appealing with masterly direction. Malcolm-Jamal Warner has matured into a solid leading man." The Washingtonian called it, "Riotously funny. Warner doesn't disappoint, his presence is forceful onstage." And Maryland Theatre Guide called it, "Truly uplifting. A delightfully funny, wonderfully acted evening of theatre that should not be missed."

 

About the Artists

Malcolm-Jamal Warner is not only a seasoned actor, but an accomplished musician, director, and producer. 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 "Tiemout: 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. 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. Theatre credits include Three Ways Home, Cryin' Shame (NAACP Theater Award for Best Supporting Actor), and Freefall at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago; A Midsummer Nights' Dream at the La Jolla Playhouse in California; 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.

(As of October 2018)

Todd Kreidler directed August Wilson's How I Learned What I Learned (2016) and served as dramaturg for August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean (2004) and Radio Golf (2006) in their early productions at the Huntington and other regional theatres and on Broadway. His adaptation of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (2014) appeared at the Huntington in the fall of the 2014-2015 season. He wrote the Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, an original story featuring the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, and is writing a musical with Nikki Sixx, based on Sixx’s memoir and music, The Heroin Diaries. His stage adaptation of the film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner ran at Arena Stage in Washington, DC and premiered at True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta. Most recently, he directed How I Learned What I Learned at Off Broadway’s Signature Theatre and at Pittsburgh Public Theater. He originally directed and co-conceived the piece with Mr. Wilson performing at Seattle Repertory Theatre in 2003. He co-founded the August Wilson Monologue Competition, a national program aimed at integrating August Wilson’s work into high school curriculum, of which the Huntington facilitates the Boston competition.

(As of January 2016)

David Esbjornson previously directed A Confederacy of Dunces (2015), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (2014), and All My Sons (2010) at the Huntington. His directing premieres include Driving Miss Daisy (Broadway, London, and Australia), Edward Albee’s The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? (Broadway) and The Play about the Baby (Off Broadway), Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (Broadway) and Resurrection Blues (Guthrie Theater), Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (world premiere), and Perestroika (first staged presentation, Eureka Theatre), and Homebody/Kabul (London), Neal Bell’s Therese Raquin (Classic Stage Company), In the Blood (The Public Theater/NYSF), and Tuesdays with Morrie (Minetta Lane Theatre). His recent work includes Molly Ivins: Red Hot Patriot and Erma Bombeck: At Wit’sEnd (Arena Stage) and the UK tour of The Shawshank Redemption. His revivals include Lady From Dubuque (Signature Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre), Death of a Salesman (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Hamlet (Theatre for a New Audience), Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Normal Heart (The PublicTheater/NYSF), The Great Gatsby, Appomattox, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Hedda Gabler, and Summer and Smoke (Guthrie Theater), Twelfth Night, Mud, and Drowning (Signature Theatre), A Few Good Men (London’s West End), Endgame, The Maids, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, and The Entertainer (Classic Stage Company), and Farmyard (New York Theatre Workshop). He is the recipient of an IRNE Award for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, two Obie Awards for Outstanding Direction, a London What’s On Stage Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, a Los Angeles Critics Award, a Friends of New York Theatre Award for Best Director, Bay Area Critics’Awards, Connecticut Critics’ Awards, a Theatre Communications Group Directing Fellowship, and others. He previously served as artistic director of Classic Stage Company in New York City and Seattle Repertory Theatre and is the current chair of Rutgers University Theatre Program.

(As of October 2015)

 

About the Huntington

Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named "Best of Boston" 2013 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston's leading professional theatre and one of the region's premiere cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.

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Production Information and Calendar

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, a warm comedy about race and family directed by David Esbjornson (ALL MY SONS) and adapted from the classic film by Todd Kreidler. Sept. 5 — Oct. 5, 2014 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre.

    Post-Show Audience Conversations

  • Ongoing
    Led by members of the Huntington staff. After most Tuesday — Friday, Saturday matinee, and Sunday matinee performances throughout the season. Free with a ticket to the performance.

    Student Matinee

  • Wednesday, September 17 at 10am
    For students in grades 8-12. Tickets: $15. Includes pre-show in-school visit, curriculum guide, post-show Actors Forum, and Dramatic Returns card for each student. Call 617 273 1558 for information.

    35 Below Wrap Party

  • Friday, September 5 following the 8pm performance
    A post-show party for the region's culturally curious ages 21 to 35 featuring backstage access, free refreshments, and live entertainment. 35 Below tickets are available at all performances to patrons 35 and under for just $25. 

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