Maverick Theatre Sets Stage for ‘Dinner’

A holiday tale of an unwanted houseguest will take center stage later this month.

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company presents “The Man Who Came to Dinner” – the 1939 classic written by award-winning playwrights George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart – in the Mainstage Theater Nov. 18-22.

Directed by Professor Andrew Christopher Gaupp. “Dinner” revolves around a notorious theatre critic who breaks his leg while on a lecture tour in the Midwest. As a result, he is forced to stay on longer than anyone wants at the home of his host family, ultimately taking over the house with his demands and visiting Broadway luminary friends.

CAPTION: A publicity photo for the Maverick Theatre Company’s upcoming “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” The comedy stars (from left) Zoe Brantley, Associate Professor Dennis Maher and Associate Professor Joe Chapa. (Photo contributed)
A publicity photo for the Maverick Theatre Company’s upcoming “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” The comedy stars (from left) Zoe Brantley, Associate Professor Dennis Maher and Associate Professor Joe Chapa. (Photo contributed)

The UTA production finds Associate Professor Dennis Maher as the insufferable Mr. Whiteside and and Associate Professor Joe Chapa as Banjo. Student cast members include Rachel Glass, Zoe Brantley, Jonathan Sicard, Forrest Swanson, Yanci De La O, Whitney Jones, Stephanie Spencer, D. Aidan Wright, Hannah Thomson, Michael Carver-Simmons, Willis, Kevin Duran, Caleb Hall, Kelly Stewart, Aaron Cummings, Marcos Villegas, Luke Ritchie, Andrew Fowler, William Harper II, Bismark Quitanilla Jr. and Bradley Atuba.

Professor and Department Chair Kim Lafontaine serves as scenic designer. Jared Land is production manager and Laurie Land is costume and make-up designer. Technical direction is by DJ Badon. Neil Farrell is the stage manager and Lucila Rojas is assistant stage manager.

“Dinner” runs Nov. 18-21 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $7 for students, senior citizens and UTA faculty and staff.

For tickets, reservations, group rates, or further information, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts box office at (817) 272.2669 or uta.edu/theatre.

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