Christopher Durang


Longer One Act Plays
(between 30 and 60 minutes)
 

Death Comes To Us All, Mary Agnes
  (45 minutes approximately)

PRODUCTION HISTORY:

Death Comes to Us All, Mary Agnes had its professional premiere at the Experimental Theatre at the Yale School of Drama in New Haven, Conn. on April 22, 1975, directed by Robert Lewis.

 

The cast was:

   

Margaret, a maid

........................................

Denise A. Gordon
Coral Tyne ........................................ Joyce Fideor
Martin, a butler ........................................ Ben Halley, Jr.
Herbert Pomme ........................................ Jeremy Smith
Margot Pomme, his daughter ........................................ Christine Estabrook
Mrs. Jansen-Hubbell, her grandmother ........................................ Marcell Rosenblatt
Vivien Jansen-Hubbell Pomme ........................................ Martha Gaylord
Tod Pomme, her son ........................................ Alan Mokler
Tim Pomme, her son ........................................ Brian McEleney
A & P Delivery Boy ........................................ John L. Weil
Mary Agnes Simpson, Martin’s niece ........................................ Bever-Leigh Banfield
Grand Union Delivery Boy ........................................ Mark Boyer

The play had its New York City premiere on May 13, 1988, off-off Broadway at the Wordplay Ensemble Theatre at 339 East 28th Street, directed by Anthony Koplin.

 

The cast was:

   

Margaret, a maid

........................................

Abigail Gampel
Coral Tyne ........................................ Sherry Anderson
Martin, a butler ........................................ Frank Dowd
Herbert Pomme ........................................ Ron Leir
Margot Pomme, his daughter ........................................ Deborah LaCoy
Mrs. Jansen-Hubbell, her grandmother ........................................ Dion Murphy
Vivien Jansen-Hubbell Pomme ........................................ Lorraine Lanigan
Tod Pomme, her son ........................................ John Augustine
Tim Pomme, her son ........................................ John Jenis
A & P Delivery Boy ........................................ Anthony Koplin
Mary Agnes Simpson, Martin’s niece ........................................ Jennifer Wollerman
Grand Union Delivery Boy ........................................ Robert Bender

Some reviews included:

...brilliant, alternately funny, sick, and ultimately very sad.
     
Yale Graduate Professional

...a blend of grotesque visions and originality that both shocks and entertains.
     
Yale Daily News

THE STORY: The scene is a decaying mansion occupied by a family beset by all manner of problems: conceit, hatred, 

 selfishness, incest and cruelty--all dealt with in an ironic, highly theatrical manner which offers rare acting opportunities for the performers involved.  Throughout, and despite the horrors encountered, all exude a kind of bland innocence which, oddly enough, seems to excuse their otherwise inexcusable behavior--and underscores the biting irony of what takes place.

Vivien has returned to her childhood home because her father, the wealthy Mr. Jansen-Hubbell, is dying.  She is accompanied by her handsome twin sons, Tod and Tim, who seem to be involved with one another.  Tod and Tim tell Vivien how beautiful she is; she tells them how handsome they are.  They’re preposterously self-involved and narcissistic.  Also at the house are Vivien’s ex-husband Herbert, whom she barely speaks to her; and her rejected daughter, Margot, who she initially doesn’t even recognize.  Margot is in a fury at her treatment in this nutty family, and keeps trying to confront them all, without much success.  Other characters include the various servants, all of whom are rather messed up too.

Cast: 6 male, 6 female, 12 total.
Rights:  Dramatists Play Service


 

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