Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1950s
Settings Of Play - The Thalia
Bancroft Hall, Columbia University
Rienzi’s Coffee House
Washington Sq. Park
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Adrienne Kennedy has been a force in the American theatre since the early 1960s, influencing several generations of playwrights with her hauntingly fragmentary lyrical dramas. Diary of Lights: New York About 1955 is a series of scenes which depict a group of friends during one evening in New York City, in the mid-50s. Part dramatic literature, part dance, and part musical theatre, Diary of Lights is a window into a part of American culture, expressed through the unique voice of one of America's most formidable dramatists.
"To many, Ms. Kennedy has blended the surreal and the social to invent a new dramatic form." - The New York Times
"[Kennedy creates] hauntingly fragmentary lyrical dramas [that powerfully explore] the violence racism visits on people’s lives.” - Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
Diary of Lights: New York About 1955 premiered at the Jane Addams Theatre in Chicago, IL in May 1978 under the direction of June Pyskacek.