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Comedy Coming to BBC
The Man Who Came to Dinner is coming to BBC March 1-3 under the direction of Dr. Brian Maxwell. This broad comedic piece written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart will bring a much-anticipated light-hearted production to BBC’s stage.
Joel DePriest plays the man who came to dinner, Sheridan Whiteside. Joel says that the comedy of this piece comes when Whiteside goes to dinner, slips, breaks his hip on the doorstep, and proceeds to wreak havoc on his hosts’ lives.
DePriest has been involved in several BBC dramas, but he finds this character different from his previous roles. To play this character, he discovers it essential to act “pompous, arrogant, rude, and completely over-the-top.” DePriest’s role sets the tempo for the “musical rhythm of this comedy.” Excited for the performances, he sees everyone beginning to “tap into rhythm and hit a stride” as they reach the final hours to opening night.
Cast and crew members have been putting in about 20 hours of work a week from rehearsing daily to painting the set. John Strayer and Beverly Coleman created the set, even building the shell of a grand piano. This set is unique from other recent sets at BBC in that it is a “boxed set.” A boxed set appears exactly like the interior of a house, much like a television set.
This performance includes a large cast who is eager to get on stage. Liz Kambic, who plays the part of Sarah, the cook, feels privileged to work with this “talented and dedicated” cast. She excitedly states with anticipation: “I cannot wait to begin the production,” something her fellow cast members will reassuringly echo.
For more information or tickets, click here or contact the BBC Box Office at 570.585.9000.
Posted on: 2/27/2007 11:01:01 AM