Wrong Turn at Lungfish

by  Garry Marshall, Lowell Ganz

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 2f

The story of a blind and bitter college professor and his encounter with a saucy, streetwise young woman who volunteers to read to him in the hospital.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Audiences in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, where George C. Scott starred, applauded the comedy and the drama of Wrong Turn at Lungfish, the story of a blind and bitter college professor and his encounter with a saucy, streetwise young woman who volunteers to read to him in the hospital. The clash of intellect and wit takes the two from animosity and fear to friendship and understanding. Both come to their relationship with questions, hers dealing with her station in life and her handsome boyfriend, and his about past life choices. Both leave with hopeful answers, even after the boyfriend shows up.

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Reviews

"Humongous laughs! Great fun." - ABC-TV

"A compassionate, humorous comedy of character with philosophical overtones and occasional excursions into profundity." - Drama-Logue

"An imaginative potion of laughter, lament, and transcendence, Wrong Turn at Lungfish is a strange but inspired mix." - The Hollywood Reporter

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: The Present. A hospital room somewhere in New York City.

Casting

2m, 2f
PETER RAVENSW AAL - Early to late 60's. Virile, strong, gruff-vo1ced and cynical. Other than being blind, you'd never guess he's ill.
NURSE - Complaining, immature young girl who is somehow going to be a good nurse, some day.
ANITA MERENDINO - Mid-to-late 20's, early 30's, tough street g1rl. Very optimistic and cheerful in order to h1de a low self-esteem.
DOMINIC DE CAESAR - Anita's boyfriend. Late 20's, early 30's. A good-looking, funny, charming but not brilliant street guy who can turn mean suddenly.
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Authors

Garry Marshall

(1934 - 2016) Garry was a veteran producer, director and writer of film, television, and theater. After graduating from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, he went on to create, write, and produce some of television’s most beloved situation comedies, including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mi ...

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Lowell Ganz

Lowell Ganz

Wrong Turn at Lungfish had its world premiere at the Steppenwolf Theatre, under artistic director Randall Arney, in Chicago, IL, on June 6, 1990. The play opened in New York City at the Promenade Theatre in February 1993. Both productions were directed by author Garry Marshall.

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