Lunatic Theatre And Richardson Theatre Centre Come Together To Bring A Classic To The Local Stage

Made famous by Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn and Sidney Poitier, the film produced in 1967, Guess Who’s Coming TO DINNER became an instant classic. Tackling the controversial topic of interracial marriage, GWCTD remains relevant today. Expertly adapted for the stage by Todd Kreidler, William Rose’s screenplay doesn’t lose any of it’s warmth, humor, grit and love.

GWCTD is being co-produced by Lunatic Theatre and Richardson Theatre Centre and will run June 7-23 at Richardson Theatre Centre, (518 W. Arapaho Rd. Suite 113, Richardson, TX 75080) Tickets range from $20-$22. Tickets may be reserved by calling 972-699-1130 and press 1 to leave a message. Tickets are paid for at the box office the night of the show.

A progressive white couple’s proud liberal sensibilities are put to the test when their daughter brings her black fiance home to meet them in this fresh and relevant stage adaptation of the iconic film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Blindsided by their daughter’s whirlwind romance and fearful for her future, Matt and Christina Drayton quickly come to realize the difference between supporting a mixed-race couple in your newspaper and welcoming one into your family–especially in 1967. But they’re surprised to find they aren’t the only ones with concerns about the match, and it’s not long before a multi-family clash of racial and generational difference sweeps across the Draytons’ idyllic San Francisco terrace. At the end of the day, will the love between young Joanna and John prevail? With humor and insight, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner begins a conversation sure to continue at dinner tables long after the curtain comes down.

The talented cast of GWCTD consists of Gary Anderson as Matt Drayton, Leigh Wyatt Moore as Christina Drayton, Kennedy O’Kelley as Joanna Drayton, Sean Massey as Dr John Prentice, Patricia E. Hill as Matilda Banks, Carol M. Rice as Hilary St. George, Calvin Gabriel as John Prentice Sr, Cheryl Lincoln as Mary Prentice and Budd Mahan as Monsignor Ryan.

As Director, Rachael Lindley is joined by Penny Elaine (rehearsal Stage Manager), Wyatt Moore (Lighting Designer and sound and lights operator), Richard Stephens Sr. (Sound Design), Eddy Herring (Set Designer), and Courtney Walsh (Costume Designer).

GWCTD runs June 7 through June 23, with performances on Fridays at 8:00PM, Saturdays at 8:00PM, Sundays at 2:00PM, Thursday performances on June 13 & 20 at 7:30PM. Tickets range from $20-$22. Tickets may be reserved by calling 972-699-1130 and press 1 to leave a message. Tickets are paid for at the box office the night of the show.

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KCBD INVESTIGATES: Engineering qualifications for $99 million bond election

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Voting began the week of April 22nd, which means Lubbock County residents get to decide on a new multi-million-dollar road project. That project would restore and expand roads all across the county for $99 million. This project has been supported by multiple engineering companies, not just in Lubbock, but across the state and the rest of the nation.

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Three engineering companies have already pre-qualified for that project and all three are based outside of Lubbock, some even as far away as North Carolina. So our KCBD Investigates team asked the question of, ‘how and when were those companies selected?’

That process is based on RFQ’s, also known as Requests for Qualifications – essentially a screening tool that helps identify which companies are qualified to do the work necessary for the job at hand.

It was about one year ago that those three specific companies were pre-qualified for that engineering design.

County Engineer Jennifer Davidson explains: "They reviewed the original RFQ, TxDOT did, and said that that was fine for [her] to solicit just the three that were pre-qualified or pre-selected, and so [they] solicited the three firms that were pre-qualified.”

Those three pre-qualified engineering firms are based in Richardson, Texas, Fort Worth, and Raleigh, North Carolina, two of which also have offices in Lubbock. Of those three, for one-third of the tasks listed, only one was allowed to submit a proposal for the engineering design. That company works out of Richardson, nearly five hours East of Lubbock. Their closest office is in Midland.

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She said, “The evaluation is based on qualifications and organization of the firm or the team.”

However, when it comes to those final RFQ scores, the public is not allowed to know.

Davidson says they, "Really [try] to make sure that there is open, open conversation and discussion amongst the committee, and not to be individual or singled out, as you know, you…. We want to protect the people that serve on that committee so that there is free and open discussion.”

The Investigates team then tried to ask whose decision it is to make those scores public. Davidson said, “I’m not going to tell you, whether it’s a purchasing policy or a Civil DA, or if it was the commissioners court.”

KCBD did submit an open records request, and the Attorney General responded saying that, for reasons of competitive information, the county may withhold the tab sheets. However, whether to release was ultimately up to the county.

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Later, Commissioner Bill McCay told us it was the commissioner’s court which ultimately decided not to release the RFQ information.

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