Catherine D. DuBord, Justin Flowers, Michael Federico, Mark Shum, Dana Schultes, Allison Pistorius
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 characterization. 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,

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 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
Regional premiere
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
Regional premiere
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
Regional premiere
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
Regional premiere
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
Regional premiere
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
Regional premiere
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

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