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Dinner at Eight
by: George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
Directed by: Gerald Gutierrez

At the Vivian Beaumont Theater
Address: 150 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

November 21, 2002 to January 26, 2003
Running Time: TBA
Playing Schedule: THRU DEC 29: Tues-Sat at 8, Wed & Sat at 2, Sun at 3
STARTING DEC 31: Tues at 7, Wed-Sat at 8, Wed & Sat at 2, Sun at 3

Opening night is Thurs., Dec. 19 at 6:45pm
No Sat Mat on 11/23. No Perfs on Thanksgiving (11/28), Christmas Eve (12/24) or Christmas (12/25).
SPECIAL HOLIDAY PERFS: Fri 11/29 at 2:00pm, Mon 12/23 at 8:00pm, Fri 12/27 at 2:00pm, Sun 12/29 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm.

Tickets: All seats $70 orch, $70 loge (rows A-C), $55 (rows (D-E)

  • to LCT Members on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 at 10:00am
  • To the general public on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27

    Sets : John Lee Beatty
    Costumes : Catherine Zuber
    Lighting : David Weiner
    Sound : Aural Fixation
    Original Music : Robert Waldman
    Cast : Joanne Camp , Rhys Coiro , John Dossett , Christine Ebersole , Enid Graham , Joe Grifasi , Byron Jennings , Simon Justras , Karl Kenzler , Anne Lange , Mark Lotito , Dorothy Loudon , Charlotte Maier , Peter Maloney , Deborah Mayo , Ann McDonough , James Rebhorn , Brian Reddy , Sloane Shelton , Emily Skinner , Samantha Soule , David Wohl

    The director Gerald Gutierrez makes his long-awaited return to the Vivian Beaumont Theater with a revival of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's 1932 comedy, Dinner at Eight. No one does these large-scale, 'old school' plays better than Gerry Gutierrez, who won back-to-back Tony Awards for his earlier LCT productions of A Delicate Balance and The Heiress. For Dinner at Eight, you can expect an elegant, glittering affair with a stage stuffed to the rafters with lavish scenery and twenty-four of the best actors working in New York today.

    The last major New York revival of Dinner at Eight was 36 years ago, and we are eager to have a new generation of theatergoers discover this remarkably topical play. For those of you who have seen the popular 1933 movie adaptation, you'll be happy to discover the original stage version is equally fun--and far grittier and more shocking. It's an interesting play to be doing now that the '90s and all they symbolize are over. The play is an entertaining ship of fools with a lot of selfish, greedy people aboard. We hope this beautifully-crafted work will have real resonance for today's audience.

    Dinner at Eight peers into the lives of a group of New Yorkers during the Great Depression. As a social-climbing Park Avenue hostess hurriedly organizes a dinner party in honor of visiting English nobility, the play goes skipping around the city to reveal the background of each of the invited guests and the business intrigues and clandestine romantic entanglements that link them all together. By the time dinner is served, the audience is in on everyone's dirty little secrets!

    When George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber began their 24-year professional partnership with the play Minick in 1924, they were at the height of their individual and flourishing careers. Ferber had won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel So Big and was in the midst of writing Show Boat. Kaufman's tremendous output as playwright included co-authoring Merton of the Movies and Beggar on Horseback (both with Marc Connelly), and the hugely successful The Cocoanuts, starring the Marx Brothers. Kaufman and Ferber--who both began their careers as journalists--went on to create some of the finest plays of the early 20th century, including the perennial favorites The Royal Family (1927), Dinner At Eight (1932) and Stage Door (1936).

    GEORGE S. KAUFMAN (1889-1961) wrote dozens of popular Broadway shows. Because almost all of them were written with co-authors, Kaufman became known as 'The Great Collaborator.' His many hits include Once In A Lifetime, You Can't Take It With You, The Man Who Came To Dinner (all written with Moss Hart) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Of Thee I Sing (written with Morrie Ryskind, and George and Ira Gershwin).

    EDNA FERBER (1887-1968) was a best-selling novelist whose books include the Pulitzer Prize winner So Big, Show Boat (on which the landmark musical is based), Saratoga Trunk, Cimarron and Giant, which sold over five million copies and was adapted into the now-classic film starring James Dean, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor).

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