The American Dream / The Death of Bessie Smith

Name: York Playhouse
Address: 1187 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10021
Production Information
Number of performances: 328
Opening date: January 24, 1961
Production Description
Two one-act plays by Edward Albee. Bartleby by William Flanagan appeared on the original double bill. It was replaced with The Death Of Bessie Smith on March 1, 1961.
Opening Night Credits

Production Credits
Person/Company Credit
Theatre 1961 Producer
Richard Barr Producer
Clinton Wilder Producer
Edward Albee Playwright
William Flanagan Music
Larry Arrick1,2 Director
Alan Schneider Director
William Ritman Costume Designer
William Ritman Lighting Designer
Howard Atlee Press Representative
Mark Wright Production Stage Manager
Helen Page Camp Stage Manager

1Director of The Death Of Bessie Smith.
2Credited as Lawrence Arrick.

Actor Role
Rae Allen The Nurse (Bessie Smith)
John C. Becher Daddy (American Dream)
Roberts Blossom The Father (Bessie Smith)
Sudie Bond Grandma (American Dream)
Helen Page Camp Second Nurse (Bessie Smith)
Nancy Cushman Mrs. Barker (American Dream)
Jane Hoffman Mommy (American Dream)
John McCurry Jack (Bessie Smith)
Ben Piazza The Young Man
Lee Richardson The Intern (Bessie Smith)
Harold Scott The Orderly (Bessie Smith)