Play - Original

Plymouth Theatre

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  • First Preview: November 8, 1961
  • Opening Date: November 9, 1961
  • Closing Date: June 2, 1962
  • Previews: 2
  • Performances: 236

Playwright: Paddy Chayefsky


A humble ancient farmer is visited by an angel who must convince him that he is Jehovah before exhorting and leading him to fight the Midianites that are threatening the Israelites. Gideon, the farmer, wins the war but ultimately takes credit for the victory himself, refusing to share it with God.


Opening Night Cast

Douglas Campbell Gideon
Fredric March Angel
Eric Berry Shillem
Lorraine Egypt Orpah
David Hooks Ozni
Mitchell Jason Joash
Victor Kilian Abimelech
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Paddy Chayefsky Writer
  Tyrone Guthrie Director
  David Hays Scenic Design
  Domingo A. Rodriguez Costume Design
  David Hays Lighting Design
  Joseph Harris General Manager
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New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1962 Best American Play Paddy Chayefsky Nominee

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1962 Actor in a Play Fredric March Nominee
1962 Direction of a Play Tyrone Guthrie Nominee
1962 Play   Nominee
1962 Producer of a Play Fred Coe
Arthur Cantor
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