The Great White Hope

Play - Original

Alvin Theatre

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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: October 3, 1968
  • Closing Date: January 31, 1970
  • Previews: 15
  • Performances: 546

Playwright: Howard Sackler

Synopsis

African-American boxing champion Jack Jefferson, who is loosely modeled on his real-life counterpart, Jack Johnson, suffers racism due to his success and his relationship with a white woman, in Howard Sackler's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.

 

Opening Night Cast

James Earl Jones in The Great White Hope James Earl Jones Jack Jefferson
Jane Alexander in The Great White Hope Jane Alexander Eleanor Bachman
Thomas Barbour Sir William Griswold
David Connell Barker
Sheila Coonan Mrs. Kimball
George Curley Mr. Farlow
Jon Cypher in The Great White Hope Jon Cypher Klossowski
Mr. Cameron (D.A.)
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Howard Sackler Writer
  Edwin Sherin Director
Robin Wagner Robin Wagner Scenic Design
  David Toser Costume Design
  John Gleason Lighting Design
  Dorman Allison Hair Design
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Awards


Clarence Derwent Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1969 Most Promising Female Performer Marlene Warfield Winner

Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1969 Outstanding Director Edwin Sherin Winner
1969 Outstanding Performance James Earl Jones Winner
1969 Outstanding Performance Jane Alexander Winner

New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1969 Best Play Howard Sackler Winner

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1969 Outstanding Director of a Play Edwin Sherin Winner

Pulitzer Prize

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1969 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Howard Sackler Winner

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1969 Theatre World Award Marlene Warfield Winner
1969 Theatre World Award Jane Alexander Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1969 Actor in a Play James Earl Jones Winner
1969 Featured Actress in a Play Jane Alexander Winner
1969 Play   Winner
 
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