The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

Drama - Original

Music Box Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: December 5, 1957
  • Closing Date: January 17, 1959
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 468

Playwright: William Inge


An Oklahoma housewife must deal with her discontent salesman husband, shy daughter and overly pampered.


Opening Night Cast

Eileen Heckart Lottie Lacey
Pat Hingle in The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Pat Hingle Rubin Flood
Teresa Wright Cora Flood
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Opening Night Production Credits

William Inge William Inge Writer
Elia Kazan Elia Kazan Director
  Ben Edwards Scenic Design
  Lucinda Ballard Costume Design
  Jean Rosenthal Lighting Design
  C. Edwin Knill General Manager
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Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1958 Theatre World Award Tim Everett Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1958 Direction (pre-1960) Elia Kazan Nominee
1958 Featured Actor in a Play Pat Hingle Nominee
1958 Featured Actress in a Play Eileen Heckart Nominee
1958 Play   Nominee
1958 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Ben Edwards Nominee
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