A Touch of the Poet

Play - Revival

Helen Hayes Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: December 26, 1977
  • Opening Date: December 28, 1977
  • Closing Date: April 30, 1978
  • Previews: 8
  • Performances: 141

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

Geraldine Fitzgerald Nora Melody
Milo O'Shea Jamie Cregan
Jason Robards, Jr. in A Touch of the Poet Jason Robards, Jr. Cornelius Melody
Betty Miller in A Touch of the Poet Betty Miller Deborah
Kathryn Walker Sara Melody
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Opening Night Production Credits

Eugene O'Neill Eugene O'Neill Writer
  José Quintero Director
  Ben Edwards Scenic Design
Jane Greenwood Jane Greenwood Costume Design
  Ben Edwards Lighting Design
  Leonard A. Mulhern General Manager
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Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1978 Actor in a Play Jason Robards, Jr. Nominee
1978 Most Innovative Production of a Revival   Nominee
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