Ancestral Voices

Name: Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
Address: 150 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023
Production Information
First performance date: March 28, 1999
Opening date: October 18, 1999
Closing date: April 3, 2000
External Links: Official Website

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Production Description
Ancestral Voices is set in Gurney's hometown of Buffalo, New York in the 1940's. It is a bittersweet story, perceived through the eyes of young Eddie, whose family is turned inside out when his grandmother unexpectedly divorces his grandfather in order to marry his grandfather's best friend. Simultaneously, the outside world is undergoing temporal changes and we follow the family through the ensuing decades of war and social upheaval. As with Gurney's popular play Love Letters, Ancestral Voices was written to be performed informally, with actors reading from scripts. Following the model of Love Letters, we again had different actors performing throughout the run of Ancestral Voices.
Opening Night Credits

Production Credits
Person/Company Credit
Lincoln Center Theater Producer
A.R. (Pete) Gurney Playwright
Daniel Sullivan Director
Rui Rita Lighting Designer
Roy Harris Stage Manager

Actor Role
David Aaron Baker Eddie
Philip Bosco Eddie's grandfather
Blythe Danner Jane
Edward Herrmann Harvey
Elizabeth Wilson Eddie's grandmother
Replacement Credits
Ancestral Voices performed on Sunday and Monday nights only.