Time Period - Contemporary, 1970s
Settings Of Play - The play takes place in three cottages on the grounds of a large hospital.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Cutting Approved for Competition, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material
College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Tony, Pulitzer, From Broadway
Winner! 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! 1977 Tony Award® for Best Play
In this compelling dramatic triptych, three terminal cancer patients dwell in separate cottages on a hospital's grounds. The three are attended and visited by family and close friends: Agnes and her mother Felicity, estranged further by the latter's dementia; Brian and Beverly, whose marital complications are exacerbated by Brian's new lover, Mark; and Joe and Maggie, unready for the strain of Joe's impending death and its effect on their teenage son.
"An important, touching and courageous play [...] Triumphantly turns up [...] Cristofer writes with the compassion of the undamned. An extraordinarily good Broadway play with meaty roles for actors." - The New York Times
"Thunders with life." - ABC TV
"By far the finest play of the New York season, beautifully realized drama of sensitive perceptions often as funny as it is moving." - Washington Post
"Extraordinary. An overwhelming emotional experience. Truly startling and in its uncompromising way, very funny." - Boston Globe
The Shadow Box opened on March 31, 1977 at the Morosco Theatre in New York.