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The University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television
Approximate run time: 175 minutes • Hank Stratton, Director •
Media Photo Call: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 4:30 pm in the Marroney Theatre
Tucson, AZ – October 23, 2013
Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of the comedy, The Man Who Came to Dinner, which officially opens on November 13 and runs through December 8, 2013, is being directed by a seasoned professional who has a colorful history with the show. Guest Director, Hank Stratton, acted alongside Nathan Lane, Jean Smart, Harriet Harris and others in the Broadway revival of the play in 2000. The production was aired on TV and released on DVD.
Because of his work in the Broadway revival, Stratton was able to meet some extraordinary people… Anne Kaufman, who is daughter to George Kaufman (co-author of The Man Who Came to Dinner), and Kitty Carlisle Hart, who was the wife of Moss Hart (other co-author of the play). Kitty was also a great lady of the theatre and New York society. She sang, acted, was a guest panelist on To Tell the Truth, and she served 20 years on the New York State Council on the Arts.
Stratton has been able to bring these experiences and rich history into his directing work with UA students who perform in the non-profit, theatrical training company for UA Theatre majors, called Arizona Repertory Theatre. Stratton has a long list of television credentials as well as regional and Off-Broadway stage performances under his belt. Television shows like The Closer, Frasier, Desperate Housewives, Hawaii Five-O, and NYPD Blue are just some of the shows on Stratton’s resume. He spent two years on the CBS drama, The Unit, and two seasons recurring on the NBC drama, American Dreams. He’s even worked under Oscar® winning directors, Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, in national tours of Cabaret, and played Werner Heisenberg in the Tony™ Award-winning production of Copenhagen (in which he played opposite Len Carious – the original Sweeney Todd and current co-star of the CBS drama, Blue Bloods).
An advocate for tolerance and anti-bullying, Stratton said he had the pleasure of directing The Laramie Project earlier this year for the University of Michigan. “It was a great success, and gave me an opportunity to work closely with the Matthew Shepard Foundation, including Judy Shepard herself,” said Stratton. “During this time, I also produced a benefit concert for the Shepard Foundation’s Erase Hate campaign, utilizing the university’s resources and the incredible talent of the musical theatre BFA department.” Stratton said that was also successful and all the proceeds went toward raising awareness of bullying, hate crimes, and to promote tolerance through the foundation’s school outreach program.
UA Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of The Man Who Came to Dinner with Stratton’s touches can be seen in the Marroney Theatre on the NW side of campus in The University of Arizona’s Fine Arts Complex near Speedway Blvd./Park Ave. For tickets and show info: 520.621.1162 or theatre.arizona.edu. For Hank Stratton interview requests, please contact Lisa Pierce: 520.626.2686 or firstname.lastname@example.org.