Sunday, January 18, 2009

In the Wings: The Man Who Came to Dinner. Meet Scott Haan, the director.

Scott Haan directs The Man Who Came to Dinner, the third production of the 2008-2009 Mainstage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script was written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

"The story is about Sheridan Whiteside, a famous critic and radio personality who visits a middle-class family in Ohio," Scott explained. "He breaks his leg and is forced to stay in their home. He then proceeds to make their lives absolutely hellish with constant demands, phone calls and visitors. He takes over the entire house."

The play, which premiered in 1939, appealed to Scott, who called it "one of the greatest comedies ever written. It's one of the few scripts that stands up so many years after it was written. It's still funny today. Also, Sheridan Whiteside is one of the best characters in the history of theatre."

Scott concluded by explaining what it's like to direct the large, diverse cast of The Man Who Came to Dinner.

"It's a joy to direct this cast," he said. "The most difficult part of directing is casting. If you find the right people for the roles, the director's job is done basically. I've been extremely lucky to get all the right people for the right roles."

The Man Who Came to Dinner opens January 30 and runs each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through February 15. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday afternoon shows begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, please call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site.

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