Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

by Todd Kreidler
based on the screenplay Guess Who's Coming to Dinner by William Rose
directed by Timothy Bond


A thought-provoking comedy

Matt and Christina Drayton are a progressive couple living in San Francisco. It is 1967 when their daughter Joanna arrives home unexpectedly with Dr. John Prentice, an African American doctor 11 years her senior. They’re in love and they want the Draytons’ blessing for their marriage – today. The Draytons have prided themselves on their liberal-mindedness, but now they are forced to put their values to the test. Based on the iconic film, this classic is a witty and insightful reflection on two families confronted by their prejudices.


Wurtele Thrust Stage

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Run Time

Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes with one intermission

Age Recommendation

We recommend children be 12+, but admit children as young as 8.


ASL, Audio Described and Open Captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Ticket Prices

Regular performances $29 - $77.

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Based on the iconic screenplay, don't miss Guess Who's Coming to Dinner at the Guthrie!


Regina Marie Williams (Matilda Binks), JaBen Early (Dr. John Prentice) and Maeve Coleen Moynihan (Joanna Drayton) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Photo by Dan Norman.

Greta Oglesby (Mary Prentice) and Sally Wingert (Christina Drayton) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Photo by Dan Norman.

Sally Wingert (Christina Drayton) and Maeve Coleen Moynihan (Joanna Drayton) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Photo by Dan Norman. 

The cast of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner directed by Timothy Bond. Photo by Dan Norman.

Cast members of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner directed by Timothy Bond. Photo by Dan Norman.

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Michelle Duffy

Hilary St. George

JaBen Early

Dr. John Prentice

David Manis

Matt Drayton

Maeve Colleen Moynihan

Joanna Drayton

Greta Oglesby

Mary Prentice

Peter Thomson

Monsignor Ryan

Regina Marie Williams

Matilda Binks (Tillie)

Derrick Lee Weeden

John Prentice Sr.

Sally Wingert

Christina Drayton

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Todd Kreidler


Timothy Bond


Matt Saunders

Set Designer

Lydia Tanji

Costume Designer

Dawn Chiang

Lighting Designer

Scott W. Edwards

Sound Designer

Jo Holcomb


Lucinda Holshue

Vocal Coach

Chris A. Code

Stage Manager

Katie Hawkinson

Assistant Stage Manager

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