THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

By
Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman

Directed by
Dan Davis

November 8, 9 & 10, 1962

At the Gilbert Auditorium

Sheridan Whiteside, having dined at the home of the Stanleys, slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip. A tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. The Stanley living room is monopolized by the irascible invalid; ex-convicts are invited to meals; and transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill. The arrival of strange gifts from his friends further destroys domestic tranquility. It would take a stoical housewife to harbor penguins in her library, an octopus in her cellar, and 10,000 cockroaches in her kitchen. When Maggie, his secretary, falls in love with the reporter, Bert Jefferson, Whiteside summons a glamorous actress, Lorraine, to win the affections of the young man. Knowing the girl’s charms, Maggie enlists the aid of a clever impersonator who, affecting the voice of Lord Bottomley, whom the actress hopes to marry, asks her by phone to return to him and be married. The ruse almost works, but Whiteside, becoming suspicious, finds that no calls have come through from London. In revenge, Lorraine suggests a three-week rewrite on a play of Bert’s in which she feigns great interest. Lake Placid is to furnish the quiet for his inspiration, and she is to be his collaborator. The unexpected arrival of a mummy case, just as the relenting Whiteside is frantically seeking to get rid of Lorraine, furnishes a malicious idea. Tricking her into stepping into the case, he shuts the lid and blackmails his host into having the case carried to the airport, preparatory to a round-the-world cruise. Whiteside departs from the Stanley’s home triumphantly, but a second later a crash is heard—he has again slipped and fallen!

Courtesy of Dramatist Play Service, Inc.

CAST  
MRS ERENEST W. STANLEY LIL WILLIAMS
MRS PREEN LANELLE MOORE
RICHARD STANLEY DAN TUCKER
JUNE STANLEY ANN LEE GROSE
JOHN GUY COBB FORT
SARAH JUANITA COX
MRS DEXTER NELLE WINEBLOOD
MRS MCCUTCHEON PEGGY ROLLER
MRS STANLEY JOHN ELMORE
MAGGIE OUTLER ANN RIDDLE
DR BRADLEY MAC LAMBERT
SHERIDAN WHITESIDE LES LEGATE
HARRIET STANLEY MERRI JEWELL
BERT JEFFERSON KEN DUNN
PROFESSOR METZ LUDWIG ISENBERG
LUNCHEN GUEST JOHN COBB, BEN MEADOWS,
  RANDY COLLIER
MR BAKER BILL VICKERS
EXPRESSMAN BEN MEADOWS
LORRAINE SHELDON JUNE HOLDEN
SANDY CHARLES LOVIG
BEVERLY CARLTON HAYWOOD VAUGHAN
WESCOTT JERRY YOUNG
RADIO TECHNICAN JOHN COBB
BANJO CHARLES WARTHEN
DEPUTIES BILL VICKERS, RANDY COLLIER
PLAINS CLOTHED MAN ANDY RIDDLE