The Shadow Box

by  Michael Cristofer

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 4f

Winner! 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! 1977 Tony Award® for Best Play


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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, Pulitzer, From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
    Winner! 1977 Tony Award® for Best Play

Reviews

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1970s
  • Setting: The play takes place in three cottages on the grounds of a large hospital.

Casting

5m, 4f
COTTAGE ONE:
JOE
MAGGIE 
STEVE

COTTAGE TWO:
BRIAN
MARK
BEVERLY

COTTAGE THREE:
FELICITY
AGNES

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Authors

Michael Cristofer

Michael Cristofer

The Shadow Box opened on March 31, 1977 at the Morosco Theatre in New York.

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