A Touch of the Poet

Play - Original

Helen Hayes Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: October 2, 1958
  • Closing Date: June 13, 1959
  • Previews:
  • Performances: 284

Playwright: Eugene O'Neill


The first and only finished play in Eugene O'Neill's proposed 11-part "American history" cycle addresses the immigrant experience, focusing on the father-daughter conflict of a once-wealthy, still grandly mannered tavern-keeper outside Boston in 1828 and his headstrong offspring who aligns herself with a rich American.


Opening Night Cast

Betty Field Deborah
Helen Hayes in A Touch of the Poet Helen Hayes Nora Melody
Eric Portman Cornelius Melody
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Opening Night Production Credits

Eugene O'Neill Eugene O'Neill Writer
  Harold Clurman Staging
  Ben Edwards Scenic Design
  Oscar E. Olesen General Manager
  Thomas V. Bodkin Company Manager
  Louis A. Lotito Managing Director of the Helen Hayes Theatre
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Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1959 Actress in a Play Kim Stanley Nominee
1959 Play   Nominee
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