Orpheus Descending

Drama - Original

Martin Beck Theatre

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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: March 21, 1957
  • Closing Date: May 18, 1957
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 68

Playwright: Tennessee Williams


A Sicilian immigrant's daughter, unhappily running a dry-goods store in the South and tending to her dying husband, is reawakened by a mysterious drifter who appears in town.


Opening Night Cast

R.G. Armstrong Sheriff Talbott
Virgilia Chew Nurse Porter
David Clarke Dog Hamma
Crahan Denton Jabe Torrance
Elizabeth Eustis Dolly Hamma
Mary Farrell Sister Temple
Nell Harrison Eva Temple
Albert Henderson 1st Man
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Opening Night Production Credits

Tennessee Williams Tennessee Williams Writer
  Paul Bowles Music for "Heavenly Grass"
Tennessee Williams Tennessee Williams Lyrics ("Heavenly Grass")
  Harold Clurman Director
  Boris Aronson Scenic Design
  Lucinda Ballard Costume Design
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Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1957 Theatre World Award Cliff Robertson Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1958 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Lucinda Ballard Nominee
1958 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Boris Aronson Nominee
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