Open Admissions

Drama - Original

Music Box Theatre

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  • First Preview: January 24, 1984
  • Opening Date: January 29, 1984
  • Closing Date: February 12, 1984
  • Previews: 7
  • Performances: 17

Playwright: Shirley Lauro


A black college student challenges the system that is allowing him admittance but not doing much beyond that to better his prospects — and the white teacher who is sympathetic but unwilling to help begins to question the system's effect on her.


Opening Night Cast

Calvin Levels Calvin Jefferson
Marilyn Rockafellow Ginny Carlsen
Nan-Lynn Nelson Salina Jones
Pam Potillo Georgia Jones
Sloane Shelton in Open Admissions Sloane Shelton Professor Clare Block
Maura Erin Sullivan Cathy Carlsen
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Shirley Lauro Writer
  Elinor Renfield Director
  David Gropman Scenic Design
Ann Roth Ann Roth Costume Design
  Gary Jones Costume Design
  Tharon Musser Lighting Design
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Shows That Opened That Season: 1983 - 1984

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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1984 Outstanding Actress in a Play Marilyn Rockafellow Nominee
1984 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Calvin Levels Nominee

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1984 Theatre World Award Calvin Levels Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1984 Actor in a Play Calvin Levels Nominee
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