The Man Who Came To Dinner

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!

Cast/Characters

Mrs. Ernest Stanley – Mary Dwyre

Miss Preen – Lin Hendee

Richard Stanley – Paul Ducklow

June Stanley – Mary Keen

John – Jim Arndt

Sarah – Ruth Vollrath

Mrs. Dexter – Lucille Mueller

Mrs. McCutcheon – Colleen Arnoldi

Mr. Ernest Stanley – Warren Mueller

Maggie Cutler – Sharon Arndt

Dr. Bradley – John Pena

Sheriden Whiteside – Fran DeReus

Harriet Stanley – Karin Schreiber

Bert Jefferson – Peter Moody

Professor Metz – Bob Berg

The Luncheon Guests – Jeff Schwartz, Tom Weavers

Mr. Baker – Harris Douma

Expressmen – Harris Douma, Jeff Schwartz

Lorraine Sheldon – Barbara Bassewitz

Sandy – Harris Douma

Beverly Carlton – Jim Spurry

Westcott – Bob Berg

Radio Technicians – Jeff Schwartz, Tom Weavers

Banjo – Al Grube

Deputies – Bob Berg, Tom Weavers

A Plain Clothes Man – Jeff Schwartz

Production Staff

Director: James Loeffler

Set Design: James Loeffler, John Brick

Assistant to Director: Karin Schreiber

Stage Manager: Colleen Arnoldi

Technical Manager: Henry Weinberger Jr.

Costume Design: Pat VonRautenkranz

Light Design: Don Zastrow, Roland Lorenz

Sound Design: Carter VonRautenkranz, Ted Heller, Don Moos

Properties: Karin Schreiber,

Co-chairman: Betty Segor

Make-Up Design: Elaine Jerving

Co-Chairman: Mary Torke

Cover Art: Roger Lahm

Production Photographer: Bob Berg