Don’t Dress For Dinner

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend at his home with his chic Parisian mistress while his wife Jacqueline is away. He has arranged for a Cordon Bleu chef to prepare gourmet delights and has also invited his best friend Robert to provide an alibi. What could possibly go wrong? For starters, Robert and Jacqueline are actually secret lovers and are determined that Jacqueline will not leave for the weekend; the cook has to pretend she is the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. As everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s, an evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard, Robert and Jacqueline are forced to improvise at breakneck speed. This bawdy bedroom farce offers “two of the most rib-tickling, hilarious hours I have spent in the theatre in some time” (Chicago Style Magazine).


May 24 – June 10, 2018
by Marc Camoletti

adapted by Robin Hawdon
directed by George A. Loizides


ANDREW BOTSFORD (Bernard) has appeared in more than 45 Hampton Theatre Company productions since 1985, most recently as Actor A in last season’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Alarms and Excursions. Also a director, his most recent production was this season’s opener, Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies. Other regional stage work includes Round Table Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play and Tonight at 8:30 at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater. The host of a summer film commentary program at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, he is also the co-host of the annual Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival in December in Sag Harbor. For his day job, Andrew is delighted to be working with the exceptional team in the MFA in Creative Writing and MFA in Film programs at the Stony Brook Southampton Graduate Arts campus. ROSEMARY CLINE (Jacqueline) last appeared with the HTC as Actor B in Alarms and Excursions. A founding member of the company, she has had leading roles in 30+ productions. She spent 15 years in NYC performing in theater, film and TV as well as 7 years in summer stock at Ivoryton, CT and and Bristol Valley Theatre, Naples NY. She has studied directing and acting at Stony Brook Southampton with Mercedes Ruehl, Joanna Merlin, Tony Walton and Rinde Eckert, among others, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the Southampton campus. She is currently in her 10th year directing the plays and musicals at the WHB HS. Heaps of thanks to our amazing director, George, our beautiful cast and crew and all of those in our company who make the magic happen on our stage season after season. All love to Christopher, Cashew, Carter, June and Jane–with a wink to Mom and Dad. MATTHEW CONLON (Robert) was just seen at HTC in The Boys Next Door. Selected NYC: HB Playwrights: The Game of Love and Death (with Herbert Berghof); Freud’s Last Session (with Fritz Weaver) and The Chase; Sonnet Rep: The Tempest; EST: The Traveling Lady; La Mama: A Human Equation. Partial Regional: Penobscot: To Kill a Mockingbird; Bay Street: Men’s Lives; Cleveland Play House: The Importance of Being Earnest; O’Neill: Fuddy Meers; Stage West: Suddenly Last Summer (with Kim Hunter); Mendelssohn: Oedipus Rex. Recent Film: Sweet Lorraine; The Crimson Mask; The Man from the City. TV: Law and Order(s); One Life to Live. Thanks now and always to Julie. REBECCA EDANA (Suzanne) Rebecca happily returns to The Hampton Theatre Company. Most recently she appeared at the Southhampton Arts Center in The Vagina Monologues and with the Neo-Political Cowgirls in ZIMA! You might recognize Rebecca from past HTC productions such as An Act of the Imagination, November, Lost In Yonkers, Dead Accounts, and Clybourne Park. A SAG-AFTRA actor working in film and tv, she most recently worked on the web series Vicious Pride of Youth. She would like to thank her family for the love and support they show every day. AMANDA GRIEMSMANN (Suzette) Amanda is thrilled to return to the HTC stage following her appearances as Holly in An Act of the Imagination and Bec in 4000 Miles. She also was seen as Nina in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike and Sheila Birling in An Inspector Calls. She has performed for several seasons in Manhattan with The Inwood Shakespeare Festival. She has also performed with The Lafayette Salon Series, a monthly reading series that meets at The Players Club. A special thanks to George for this opportunity! Lots of love to friends and family! SAM YARABEK (George) Sam is an actor and teacher who works in theater and film. His stage work includes productions in NYC, East Hampton, and Barcelona, Spain. His screen work has been selected for film festivals such as Slam Dance and the Newport Beach Film Festival. He teaches English and Philosophy at the Ross School in East Hampton, NY, and he is very glad to be joining the Hampton Theatre Company for the first time in their production of Don’t Dress for Dinner. MARC CAMOLETTI (Playwright) is perhaps best known for his signature hit, Boeing, Boeing. Camoletti (1923 – 2003) was born a French citizen in Geneva, Switzerland, though his family had Italian origins. His theatrical career began in 1958, when three of his plays were presented simultaneously in Paris; one of those plays, La Bonne Anna, ran for 1,300 performances and went on to play around the world. Boeing, Boeing ran for seven years in London in an English adaptation by Beverley Cross. The two central characters, Bernard and Robert, turn up again in principal roles in Don’t Dress for Dinner. Camoletti was awarded one of France’s highest honors, the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, and his plays have been performed in numerous languages in 55 countries. ROBIN HAWDON (Adaptation) is a British actor and playwright whose first major commercial success, The Mating Game, had a long run at London’s Apollo Theatre and subsequently played in more than 30 countries around the world. After running in London’s West End for six years, Hawdon’s adaptation of Don’t Dress for Dinner played all over the U.S., Australia, Canada and the English speaking world. GEORGE LOIZIDES (Director) has directed Bus Stop, Picnic, The Odd Couple (Female Version) and Lost In Yonkers for the Hampton Theatre Company and appeared with the company in Glengarry Glen Ross, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Bedroom Farce, Heroes and most recently Alarms and Excursions. He has acted and directed for Playcrafters Theatre Company in Bellport as well. George has been an actor and director for 50 years. For 27 years he was Director of Theatre Arts for Ward Melville High School where he directed 81 productions. He attended HB Studio in NYC where he studied acting and directing. Other directing credits include Private Lives, Our Town, The Laramie Project, West Side Story, A Chorus Line and several of Shakespeare’s plays, among others. Thanks to HTC for the opportunity to work with the A-team cast and crew. To the cast, “Thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks” for making me laugh. Thanks to the crew. Thanks to Diana. To Kathy, special thanks. SEAN MARBURY (Set Designer) has worked in textile design, built sets for TV series, commercials, and films and worked with the design, engineering and fabrication of race car components. He currently works on high end residential construction. His set designs for HTC include Deathtrap, Other People’s Money, Other Desert Cities, The Foreigner, Harvey, Time Stands Still, November, An Act of the Imagination, Alarms and Excursions, and Clever Little Lies. DIANA MARBURY (Set Decor/Rehearsal Stage Manager) Is delighted to be working alongside of her son, Sean,to give this delightful play its setting. Diana has dressed sets for the last 30 years and still finds it challenging. It would be impossible to do without the many people and businesses who have continuously lent props and furniture, making her job a pleasure. Last but not least, she thanks our audience for their never ending support and encouragement. TERESA LEBRUN (Costume Designer) is the resident costumer for HTC. She started helping with costumes in 1986 and has designed the costumes for all the company’s productions since 2005. Teresa also costumes for Center Moriches and Westhampton Beach High Schools. She is happy to be working with George again and this amazing cast. Much love to her boys, Josh and Noah, family and great friends. THOMAS DEANGELO (Stage Manger)’s stage manager credits include: The Boys Next Door, That Championship Season, Jacobs Marley’s Christmas Carol, Run for your Wife, On Golden Pond, Oklahoma!, Today I am a Fountain Pen, Inherit the Wind, Mass Appeal, Jake’s Women, Wrong Turn at Lungfish, A Funny…Forum, Cabaret, Greater Tuna, 12 Angry Men, Psycho Beach Party, An Enemy of the People, Our Town, I Oughta Be in Pictures. He also served as Production Assistant for the 1992 Easter show at Radio City Music Hall. JOSIAH ANDERSON (Lighting/Sound Tech) Josiah is a freelance artist and a student of digital art striving to be accepted to a film school to become a director and screenwriter. He was introduced to HTC as a stagehand for Alarms and Excursions and has since remained a member of the team for each show following and has transitioned into lighting and sound tech. JULIA MORGAN ABRAMS (House Manager). After retiring from the legal department of Bristol Myers Squibb, Julia began a second career as a volunteer, initially for Literacy Suffolk, HTC and the Southampton Animal Shelter, where she wrote grants and worked in fundraising. She continues to write grants and help with marketing for several local nonprofits. Julia would like to thank all of her dedicated House Assistants for their continued support.


Director GEORGE A. LOIZIDES Set Design SEAN MARBURY Lighting Design SEBASTIAN PACZYNSKI Set Decor DIANA MARBURY Costume Design TERESA LEBRUN Rehearsal Stage Manager DIANA MARBURY Production Stage Manager THOMAS DEANGELO


The Hampton Theatre Company, in conjunction with our local libraries, offers special Dinner (& Lunch) and Theater Packages which offer wonderful events at terrific prices. There are three remaining packages (Rogers Memorial Library and Westhampton Free Library packages are SOLD OUT) available for DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER. The Hampton Bays Public Library is offering a dinner package on Friday, June 1. Dinner is at 1 North Steakhouse in Hampton Bays at 5 pm, followed by the show at 7 pm. The cost for the dinner (including tax and tip) and show is $60. To register, please call the Hampton Bays Library at 631-728-6241. The Quogue Library is offering a dinner package on Thursday, June 7. Dinner is at The Quogue Club at 5 pm, followed by the show at 7 pm. The cost for dinner (including tax and tip) and show is $70. To register, please call the Quogue Library at 631-653-4224 ext. 101. The Quogue Library package is available first to library members. If space is available, others may participate as well. The Hampton Theatre Company is offering a lunch and theater package in conjunction with the Saturday matinee on Saturday, June 9. Lunch is at The Quogue Club at the Hallock House in Quogue at 12:30 pm, followed by the show at 2:30 pm. The cost for lunch (including tax and tip) and show is $60. To reserve, please send your check, for $60 per person, to Hampton Theatre Company, PO Box 400, Quogue, NY 11959. Please include your name, address, phone number and email address so that we may email you your tickets. Please reference “June 9 lunch/theater event.” Reservations and payment required by June 5.


Sunrise Highway (Route 27) to exit 64S (Rte. 104 to Quogue). Rte. 104 South (approx. 3 miles) to Montauk Highway (Rte. 80). Right onto Montauk Highway to light at Otis Ford (1 mile). Left onto Jessup Avenue. 1/2 mile to theater (on right). FROM MONTAUK HIGHWAY (ROUTE-80):
Montauk Highway to light at Otis Ford in Quogue. South onto Jessup Avenue. 1/2 mile to theater (on right).


PARKING: There is limited street parking around the theater as well as a parking lot that can be entered just north of the Quogue Community Hall. WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: The theater is wheelchair accessible through the side entrance. If a member of your party needs wheelchair access, please come to front entrance and ask the person taking tickets to open the side door. If a member of your party requires a wheelchair in the theater, please reserve one seat at the end of a row. ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES: The theater does not have assisted listening devices at this time.