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By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman


Direction by Patrick Klein


A noted radio personality and egotistical tyrant, Sheridan Whiteside, slips and falls on the steps of the Stanley family residence.  He’s forced to spend several weeks of recuperation, wreaking havoc and mischief on the lives of everyone he comes in contact with.  Join the Stanleys as ex-convicts are invited to meals, transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill, penguins take residence in the library, an octopus moves into the cellar, 10,000 cockroaches take over the kitchen… and then there’s the mysterious mummy case.  We’re thrilled to welcome back our friends from the Gunn High School community and local star James Shelby as Sheridan to present this great American classic on the Lucie Stern stage!


As fresh a send-up as an SNL sketch and an even more inspired plot!

- Entertainment Weekly


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Performance dates: June 16 - July 1, 2018 (preview June 15)

Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm


Ticket Prices: $25-$52 (Discounts for Seniors, Educators, Patrons under 30, and Military available for all performances except Preview Night FRI JUNE 15)


Age Recommendation: TBD


Approximate Running Time: TBD


All performances are held at the:

Lucie Stern Theater

1305 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto, CA 94301

In cooperation with the City of Palo Alto, Community Services Department, Division of Arts and Sciences


For more information including details about parking, wheelchair access, and listening devices, visit our Plan Your Visit Page. To purchase 2018-19 season tickets, please visit our 88th Season Page HERE.



Opening Night AfterGlow Party

Saturday, June 16

Enjoy a post-show champagne reception with drinks and appetizers while meeting the cast, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance.



Post-Show Director/Cast Talkback

Thursday, June 21

Enjoy our Talkback series with PAP Artistic Director & Show Director Patrick Klein and members of the cast following the performance, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for any performance during the run.



Post-Show Designer Talkback


Enjoy our Talkback series with members of the design team of the show following the performance, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for any performance during the run.







Starring James Shelby as Sheridan Whiteside and (in order of appearance):

Mrs. Ernest W. Stanley: Jen Ellington

Miss Preen: Roneet Aliza Rahamim

Richard Stanley: Henry Alper

June Stanley: Astrid Nazario

John: Shawn Bender

Sarah: Patricia Tyler

Mrs. McCutcheon/Banjo/Convict: Chris Mahle

Mr. Stanley: Todd Summers

Maggie Cutler: Kristen Lo

Dr. Bradley: Tim Farrell

Harriet Stanley: Gay Richard

Bert Jefferson: Paul Dunlap

Professor Metz/Radio Tech/Deputy: Justin Brown

Lorraine Sheldon: Athena Rink

Sandy/Convict/Deputy: Barry Bai

Beverly Carlton/Convict: Brian Flegel

Westcott/Mrs. Dexter/Baker/Expressman: Emily Scott




Director: Patrick Klein

Scenic Designer: Nikolaj Sorensen

Costume Designer: Mary Cravens

Lighting Designer: Isaiah Leeper

Sound Designer: Danielle Kisner

Properties Designer: Robert Hoffman

Stage Manager: Kelcy Campbell

Assistant Stage Manager: Nikolai Argue

Artistic Director: Patrick Klein




TERMS AND CONDITIONS Show times are at 7:30pm on Thursdays, 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays. For ticket services, please call 650-329-0891. All sales are final; there are no exchanges or refunds. However, season subscribers are able to exchange at no charge when applicable. Ask our box office how you can become a season subscriber, and enjoy special perks like exchanges and discounted tickets. Will call ticket information: Tickets are available for pickup at the box office will call window one (1) hour prior to show time. U.S. mail ticket information: If requested, tickets are mailed via the U.S. Post Office First Class mail no later than seven (7) days prior to the show date. Palo Alto Players has two (2) price levels on the seating chart: PRIME and VALUE. If you have accessible seating needs or simply need assistance, please call our box office at (650) 329-0891. Thank you! Enjoy the show!