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Director’s Notes: “Don’t Dress for Dinner” is ludicrously heartbreaking and very funny

Director Julianne Christie invites audiences to Don’t Dress for Dinner, where life is enchanting, obstacles seem impossible, and life is both ludicrously heartbreaking and very funny. 

Theatre, for me, has always been that place where one can suspend and escape reality for a time and transcend into an alternate world. When the opportunity was presented for me to direct Don’t Dress for Dinner to ‘make ’em laugh,’ I jumped at it.

Working as an actress for over 20 years in Los Angeles, I was fortunate enough to be cast in many sitcoms and comedic films. This provided me an opportunity to work with some of the greats: Eddie Murphy, John Ritter, Katey Sagal, David DeLuise, Brendan Fraser, Sean Astin, and Tea Leoni. Having writers like Jay Tarses, and producers like Steven Bochco, I fell in love with funny! I am so grateful to this day for all who inspired me to continue on the path.

When casting for Don’t Dress for Dinner, I was inspired by the phenomenal talents of Lori Tych, Dann Wilhelm, Jenn Lane, Tomas Gamba, Rebecca Sutherlund, and Greg Tunner. They’ve allowed me to weave the farcical humour and language around their genius choices, and BOOM! We have a theatrical winner!

We invite you to join us on this gorgeous set of a renovated French farmhouse. Here you’ll meet Bernard who’s hoping to send his wife Jacqueline to her mother’s for the weekend so that he can romance his mistress Suzanne, a Parisian lingerie model. Bernard has hired Cordon Bleu chef Suzette to cook dinner, and has invited his long time friend, Robert, as an alibi. True to farce form, nothing goes as planned. Jacqueline has caught wind of Bernard’s shenanigans and calls off the visit with her mother, which triggers a feverish series of hijinks and confusion. Suzanne’s and Suzette’s identities are switched, panic and violent horseplay ensue, and Bernard and Robert become hysterically desperate to avoid catastrophe—that is, until Suzette’s jealous and oversized husband George comes to help settle the score.

Escape into our world, where life is enchanting, obstacles seem impossible, and life is both ludicrously heartbreaking and very funny.

Laughter, especially in these times, is our best medicine. So, treat yourself! You deserve it. Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 10.17.41 AM

White Rock Players’ Club’s Don’t Dress for Dinner runs February 9-24 at The Coast Capital Playhouse. Get your tickets here.
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Julianne Christie is a Canadian born actress/director who grew up in Seattle and Los Angeles. She is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and has since spent her career working in TV, film and theatre in Hollywood, and now Hollywood North. Early film credits include The Nutty Professor, Encino Man, Bounce and Deuces Wild, and more. She has guest-starred in over 30 television series and more recent credits here in Vancouver include principle roles on Lucifer and The Imposters. Julianne resides in Ocean Park with her amazing husband Poppi, and their beautiful daughter Zoë.