Play - Original

Music Box Theatre

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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: February 19, 1953
  • Closing Date: April 10, 1954
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 477

Playwright: William Inge


A sexy drifter shakes up a Kansas town, particularly its female inhabitants, including a beautiful young girl who yearns for a more exciting life, her plain and bookish sister, and a moralistic but sexually frustrated schoolteacher.


Opening Night Cast

Ralph Meeker Hal Carter
Peggy Conklin Flo Owens
Eileen Heckart Rosemary Sydney
Ruth McDevitt Helen Potts
Morris Miller Bomber
Paul Newman in Picnic Paul Newman Alan Seymour
Arthur O'Connell Howard Bevans
Janice Rule Madge Owens
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Opening Night Production Credits

William Inge William Inge Writer
Joshua Logan Joshua Logan Director
  Jo Mielziner Scenic Design
  Mildred Trebor Costume Design
  Jo Mielziner Lighting Design
  James S. Miller Company Manager
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New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1953 Best American Play William Inge Winner

Pulitzer Prize

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama William Inge Winner

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1953 Theatre World Award Paul Newman Winner
1953 Theatre World Award Eileen Heckart Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1953 Direction (pre-1960) Joshua Logan Winner
1954 Stage Technician John Davis Winner
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