The Death of Bessie Smith / The American Dream

One Act - Original

Billy Rose Theatre

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  • Opening Date: October 2, 1968
  • Closing Date: October 26, 1968
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 12
  • The Death of Bessie Smith / The American Dream is comprised of The American Dream, The Death of Bessie Smith

Playwright: Edward Albee

Synopsis

Two one-act plays by Edward Albee. The Death of Bessie Smith follows conversations between the staff at a "Whites-Only" hospital on the day black blues singer Bessie Smith died in a car crash. In The American Dream, an elderly grandmother exposes a squabbling couple's secret to their neighbor.

The American Dream: Two one-act plays by Edward Albee. The Death of Bessie Smith follows conversations between the staff at a "Whites-Only" hospital on the day black blues singer Bessie Smith died in a car crash. In The American Dream, an elderly grandmother exposes a squabbling couple's secret to their neighbor.

The Death of Bessie Smith: Two one-act plays by Edward Albee. The Death of Bessie Smith follows conversations between the staff at a "Whites-Only" hospital on the day black blues singer Bessie Smith died in a car crash. In The American Dream, an elderly grandmother exposes a squabbling couple's secret to their neighbor.

 

The American Dream: Opening Night Cast

Sudie Bond Grandma
Carolyn Coates Mrs. Barker
Donald Davis Daddy
Stephen McHattie The Young Man
Sada Thompson in The American Dream Sada Thompson Mommy
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The American Dream: Opening Night Production Credits

Edward Albee Edward Albee Writer
Edward Albee Edward Albee Director
  William Ritman Scenic Design
  William Ritman Lighting Design
  Theater 1969 Producer
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The Death of Bessie Smith: Opening Night Cast

George Bartenieff in The Death of Bessie Smith George Bartenieff The Father
Carolyn Coates Second Nurse
Rosemary Murphy The Nurse
Ben Piazza The Intern
J. A. Preston Jack
Lisle Wilson The Orderly
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The Death of Bessie Smith: Opening Night Production Credits

Edward Albee Edward Albee Writer
  Michael Kahn Director
  William Ritman Scenic Design
  William Ritman Lighting Design
  Theater 1969 Producer
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Shows That Opened That Season: 1968 - 1969

 
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