Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Post-Show Conversation with Boston Globe's James H. Burnett III, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and Meredith Forlenza

9/18/2014 Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre

The Boston Globe Metro reporter James H. Burnett III will moderate a conversation with Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Dr. John Prentice) and Meredith Forlenza (Joanna Drayton) from the cast of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at this interactive post-show conversation following the 7:30pm performance on Thursday, September 18. A Boston Globe Insiders event – tickets to the September 18 performance are $45 for Boston Globe subscribers who use the discount code.




James H. Burnett III is a regional reporter on The Boston Globe’s Metro desk where he writes on topics of race and race relations. He was previously a culture writer  for the Globe’s Living/Arts section and a columnist and culture writer for the Miami Herald, where he contributed to award-winning projects on juvenile crime and the deadly 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He has appeared on NPR and CNN.

Meredith Forlenza (Joanna Drayton) has Broadway credits that include The Winslow Boy, A Behanding in Spokane, and Pal Joey. Her Off Broadway credits include Completeness (Playwrights Horizons), All-American (Lincoln Center Theater), The Notebook of Trigorin (The Flea Theater), and A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage (SoHo Playhouse). Her regional credits include The Delling Shore at the 2013 Humana Festival of New American Plays and Steel Magnolias at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Her film and television credits include David Chase’s Not Fade Away, Hannah Has a Ho-Phase, The Union, “Mercy,” “Guiding Light,” and “As the World Turns.” Ms. Forlenza is a graduate of Northwestern University.

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.


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

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