Don't Dress for Dinner
Catherine D. DuBord, Justin Flowers, Michael Federico, Mark Shum, Dana Schultes, Allison Pistorius
Photo by: Evan Michael Woods
Don't Dress for Dinner
Performance: July 14 through August 12, 2018
Opening Night Reception: July 14 through August 12, 2018
By Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon
Bernard has it all - a wonderful old country house, a lovely, devoted wife, a
loyal best friend, and a gorgeous mistress. But this enviable life is about to
get turned completely upside-down, in Robin Hawdon's adaptation of Marc
Camoletti's madcap farce, Don't Dress for Dinner, beginning a 5-week run at
Stage West beginning Thursday, July 12.
Bernard has invited his mistress, Suzanne, to come join him for a weekend
tryst, since his wife Jacqueline is leaving to visit her mother. His best
friend Robert is also coming, to serve as his alibi, and a Cordon Bleu cook
has been hired for a special dinner. But-unbeknownst to Bernard, Jacqueline
has been having an affair with Robert, and when she finds out he is arriving,
she cancels her trip. Bernard, in a panic, announces that Suzanne, whom he
says is Robert's mistress, is also coming down. Robert is dismayed and
Jacqueline, extremely annoyed. To further complicate things, the cook
(Suzette) arrives first, and Robert erroneously assumes she is Suzanne.
Chaos ensues. Wild lies pile up, identities and bedrooms are swapped, and
romantic plans are thwarted. This classic piece of hilarity is the perfect
summer entertainment, and a fun time for all is guaranteed!
The Guardian said, "Hurtling along as the speed of light, this breathtaking
farce is a near faultless piece of theatrical invention."
Marc Camoletti authored more than 40 plays and became a Chevalier de la Légion
d'Honneur in France. Boeing-Boeing, his first major international success, ran
for seven years and 2000 performances in its debut London production, becoming
the Guinness Book of Records' most performed French play worldwide. A later play,
Don't Dress for Dinner, also ran for seven years in London's West End.
A French citizen, born in Geneva, and an acclaimed artist and associate of the
Soceiete National des Beaux Arts, Marc Camoletti's theatre career launched with
three plays running simultaneously in Paris. Ten of his plays have also been
produced for television. His work continues to flourish in numerous languages
and some 55 countries. He died in 2003.
Robin Hawdon is a British playwright especially known for the popularity of
his comedies, and his plays are amongst the most frequently produced around
the world. Over recent years his plays have appeared in the UK, New York,
Chicago, Toronto, Paris, Moscow, Warsaw, Krakow, Bonn, Stockholm, Copenhagen,
Tel Aviv, Russia, Italy, Ukraine, South Africa, Australia, and in hundreds of
smaller theatres across every continent. Their popularity, amongst professional
and amateur companies alike, is due to the fast pace and comic complexity of
their plot lines, combined with an essential humanity and reality in their
Don't Dress for Dinner will be directed by Christie Vela. The philandering
Bernard will be played by Stage West's Managing Director Mark Shum, last seen
at Stage West as Vanya in Life Sucks., with Executive Director Dana Schultes,
most recently seen at Stage West as Colleen in Like a Billion Likes, as his
wife Jacqueline. Catherine D. DuBord, recently seen in Circle Theatre's
This Random World, returns as the mistress, Suzanne, with Michael
Federico, last seen at Stage West in The Royal Society of Antarctica, as
the hapless Robert. Allison Pistorius, recently seen in Constellations at
Dallas Theater Center, will play Suzette, the cook, while Justin Flowers,
whose many Stage West roles include Norman in The Norman Conquests, will
play Suzette's husband George.
Set design is by Michelle Harvey, with lighting design by Aaron Johansen,
costume design by Ryan D. Schaap, sound design by John Flores, and props/set
decor by Lynn Lovett.
Don't Dress for Dinner will preview Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 and Friday,
July 13 at 8:00, and will run through Sunday, August 12. Performance times
will be Thursday evenings at 7:30, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00, with
Sunday matinees at 3:00. Ticket prices range from $31 to $35, with discounts
for the preview performance, and for students, seniors, and military. Food
service is available 90 minutes prior to performances (reservations are advised).
Reservations and information are available through the Box Office (817-784-9378),
or on the website, www.stagewest.org.
Stage West will be celebrating opening night, July 14, with a special party!
Our production of this 60's classic farce is set in the 80's so…
- Dust off your leg warmers and acid-wash jeans; tease up your hair and
grab the blue eyeshadow for our totally awesome 80's costume party! There'll
be a prize!
- Dance dirty with Flying Spaghetti Monster as they rock your evening with
the greatest hits from the greatest decade!
- Party like it's 1985 with champagne and most excellent snacks provided
by our volunteers and Fort Brewery.
STAGE WEST ANNOUNCES 2018-2019 SEASON
Stage West is pleased to announces the lineup for its 40th season! The new
season will offer six plays plus two season extras, and patrons purchasing
season tickets before October 1 will be offered a discount on the season
extras. It's an exciting mix of shows, featuring seven regional premieres.
Here it is:
A Doll's House, Part 2, by Lucas Hnath
October 25 - November 25, 2018
In 1879, Nora Helmer walked out the door, leaving her husband and children
and societal constraints behind her, instantly propelling world drama into
the modern age. Now, 15 years later, there is a knock at that same door
[needs comma here] as the squirrel returns to her cage with an incredibly
awkward favor to ask. In this bitingly funny and fascinating sequel to
Ibsen's revolutionary masterpiece, sparks fly and the past and present
collide in a taut theatrical showdown. Behind every door is a possibility,
and behind every ending is a new beginning.
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, by Tom Mula
Back by popular demand!
December 6 - 23, 2018
Condemned to a shackled eternity, Jacob Marley's spirit is given one chance to
change his fate and escape his eternal chains - by returning to the world he
scorned one Christmas Eve night to redeem his old business partner, Scrooge.
So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during
which Scrooge's heart is indeed opened, but not before Marley - in this
irreverent, funny, and moving tale - discovers his own in this delightful
twist on the iconic Dickens classic.
Everybody, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
December 27, 2018 - January 27, 2019
Everybody has come to the end of life, and so begins the revelatory and
mysterious journey towards what lies beyond. As relationships, memories,
and senses fade away, Everybody is left to travel down the road that leads
to the bittersweet truth that we all eventually must face. In this modern,
comedic, and heartfelt riff on the iconic medieval morality play, fate
decides the roles by lottery each night, so - as is true in life - Everybody
could be anybody. And in the end, when it's your time to go, what will you
leave behind and what will you take with you?
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been, by Carlyle Brown
February 14 - March 10
On the eve of his appearance before the Senate Permanent-Sub-Committee on
Investigations on Un-American Activities led by Senator Joseph McCarthy,
American writer Langston Hughes fitfully attempts to compose a poem. As
accusations whirl, censorships abound, and freedoms are called into question,
this inspired-by-true-events lyrical drama not only examines [more correctly
would be "examines not only…but also"] the tense yet necessary relationship
between art and politics, but also the emotional and deeply personal connection
between the artist and his craft in the face of oppressive power.
The Father, by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton
April 4 - 27, 2019
You can't fool 80-year-old André - he's a man of his own mind. But there's
definitely something fishy going on. He's a retired tap dancer living with
his daughter and her husband, and…or, no wait, is he a retired engineer whose
daughter is visiting from London? And who are those people who keep turning
up in his flat, and where does his furniture keep disappearing to, and why is
he still in his pajamas? No, something's going on, and if he can just find his
watch, he'll get to the bottom of it.
Holmes and Watson, by Jeffrey Hatcher
May 30 - June 30, 2019
Three years after the mysterious death of beloved master sleuth Sherlock Holmes,
his loyal assistant Dr. John H. Watson is summoned to a remote asylum on a
rocky island to investigate three inmates who all claim to be the late
detective Holmes. In this riveting and stirring new puzzler, the trusty
Watson is drawn into a web of intrigue, suspicion, murder, and surprise
that finally reveals what really happened that fateful day between Sherlock
Holmes and his nemesis, Professor Moriarty.
Lungs, by Duncan Macmillan
July 25 - August 18, 2018
The world is getting hotter, there's unrest overseas - actually, the seas
themselves aren't very calm either - and in an IKEA, a man suggests to his
partner that they should have a child. What if it grows up to solve the world's
problems? What if it becomes a mass murderer? What about its carbon footprint?
They leave with nothing they went in for, but come out with a full set of
self-assembly dilemmas that they spend a life cycle trying to construct. They
want to have a child for the right reasons. But what are the right reasons?
First Date, Book by Austin Winsberg,
Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner
A co-production with Theatre TCU
September 12 - October 13, 2019
When tightly-wound Aaron is set up with laid-back Casey on a blind date, a
casual drink turns into an uproarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds,
this mismatched pair's inner critics take on a life of their own, as other
patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes, and
protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers,
and potential conversational land mines. The result is a gleefully awkward
evening, as these two romantics try to turn a dating disaster into something
special before the check arrives
Visit Stage West:
Season tickets will go on sale in mid-July, and will range in price from
$135 to $175. Subscribers purchasing season passes prior to October 1 may
purchase up to 2 tickets for the season extras at a discount.
For more information, call Stage West at (817) 784-9378. Tickets will be
available mid-July online at www.stagewest.org
821 W. Vickery St., Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Metro (817) 784-9378 (STG-WEST)