Any Given Day

by  Frank D. Gilroy

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 3f

"A drama of soaring beauty and power...sprinkled with comedy." - Reuters

"A hauntingly chilling portrait...Gilroy knows how to write for actors." - The New York Post

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    6m, 3f
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    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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This engrossing drama by the author of The Subject Was Roses covers eighteen months in the life of the Benti family during 1942 and 1943. The household is ruled by Mrs. Benti, a prescient and iron willed widow, and includes her three adult children: Carmen, Nettie (a main character in Roses), and Eddie as well as Carmen's illegitimate son Willis whom the others orbit like the sun. Eighteen year old Willis is mentally impaired and in a wheelchair. He appears both younger and older as he presides in often startling and humorous ways over the conflicting dreams, desires and passions that ebb and flow about him. The family appears to be making noble sacrifices in Willis' behalf, but each is actually using him for selfish ends.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"A drama of soaring beauty and power...sprinkled with comedy." - Reuters

"A hauntingly chilling portrait...Gilroy knows how to write for actors." - The New York Post

"First class." - WCBS-TV

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Setting: The Benti's Bronx apartment, 1941 - 1943

Casting

6m, 3f

MRS. BENTI - 63, widowed matriarch, German extraction which none of her three children, stamped with her father's Italianate features, reflect.
CARMEN BENTI - 37, unwed mother of Willis.
WILLIS - nominal age 18, but instrument damage at birth has left him physically handicapped and mentally disabled (without impairment of facial features) so he appears both older and younger.
GUS BROWER - 37, Carmens boyfriend.
NETTIE CLEARY - 36, Carmen's sister. 
JOHN CLEARY - 40, Nettie's husband.
TIMMY CLEARY - 16, their son.
EDDIE BENTI - 35, Nettie and Carmen's brother.
DOCTOR GOLDMAN - 50, the family physician.

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Authors

Frank D. Gilroy

Frank Daniel Gilroyis an award-winning playwright, producer, screenwriter and director. After graduating from Dartmouth College and the Yale School of Drama, he contributed profusely as a writer to the golden age of television. His impressive first play, Who'll Save the Plowboy?, won an Obie Award in 1962. In 1965, his ...

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Any Given Day premiered on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre in November 1993 under the direction of Paul Benedict.

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