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Susquehanna University to Present “The Man Who Came to Dinner”

April 14, 2009

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna University Department of Theatre will present the classic American comedy “The Man Who Came to Dinner” April 23 - 26 at the Degenstein Center Theater. Nightly performances begin at 8 p.m.
Tickets are free for Susquehanna students, $10 for adults and $8 for non-SU students.  They can be purchased at the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center box office by calling 570-372-2787.

“The Man Who Came to Dinner” portrays the consequences when famous 1930s radio personality Sheridan Whiteside finds himself stuck in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Stanley in the small town of Messalia, Ohio. Under Whiteside’s reign, the house is taken over by movie stars, serial killers and exotic wildlife, while Whiteside devises desperate schemes to keep his secretary from leaving him for a local reporter.       

The show stars Susquehanna senior Matthew Prince as Sheridan Whiteside, with senior Julie Ek as secretary Maggie Cutler, along with a cast full of colorful characters. The 1942 film version of the play starred Monty Woolley, who played Whiteside on Broadway, and Bette Davis, with Ann Sheridan and Jimmy Durante as additional cast members. A 2000 remake placed Nathan Lane in the lead role.

Summing up this three-act favorite by playwrights George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, Director and Associate Professor W. Douglas Powers said, “It’s a loony bin.”
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.

Contact: Karen Jones

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