The Man Who Came to Dinner Arthur Dirks
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The Man Who Came To Dinner

By George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

Produced: April, 2010
Bridgewater State College
Director: Joel Thayer
Scenery: Arthur Dirks
Facility: Campus Center Auditorium


This production was selected as the alternate when rights for You Can't Take It With You were pulled as it was going into auditions. The director clearly wanted a traditional approach to this show and he mapped out the major ground plan and style. He placed some furniture in the audience space which brought the audience into the scene. My challenges were designing a credible staircase to suggest a second floor without visibility and masking issues, and fitting in the backstage spaces. The stair was really necessary for blocking emphasis and for storing characters onstage.

The realistic interior box set style is somewhat rare on our stage, so we played up the patterns and trims. I elected a kind of grand mission style. It was an opportunity for students to see some of the traditional work they are taught in stagecraft and design classes. The director took delight in providing the Christmas decor and other dressings.

Man Who Came To Dinner
Man Who Came to Dinner
Man Who Came to Dinner Christmas

Setting Christmas decor

Wallpaper stencils

Wallpaper stencils

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