"It thrusts us into the front line of an agonizing social crisis." - The New York Times
"Powerful." - ABC TV
"Thoughtful, sometimes comic, and ultimately moving." - Christian Science Monitor
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary
- Setting: The Present. January. In and near Calvin and Ginny's Manhattan apartment and in a public college in New York City
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
SALINA JONES - Mid-20's. Calvin's sister. Black, worn. A strong woman, but Calvin is her last hope. Wears slacks, sweater, coat that is worn out.
GEORGIA JONES - 7-9, Calvin's niece; Salina's daughter. Black, cute, bubbly, very spunky little girl. She adores Calvin. Wears jeans, shirt, coat that is worn out.
GINNY CARLSEN - Late 30's. White, attractive, in a midwestern "All-American 'SOs Girl" way. Small, peppy, wears skirt, sweater. Energetic personality, deeply troubled beneath the patina.
PETER CARLSEN - Around 40. Ginny's husband. Midwestern of Norwegian-American stock. Has charm about him, sexy, rugged quality, but putting on weight. A dreamer, but dreams have become desperate. A funny guy on the surface. Wears robe, gray suit.
CATHY CARLSEN - 10-11. Ginny's daughter. Very bright, cute little girl, but troubled. A contemporary, urban child. Wears skirt, blouse, embroidered vest.
PROFESSOR CLARE BLOCK - SO-SS, stocky, funny, confident, tough, urban. Clare is a real "pro" in the City University system. She has been teaching for 20 years. Wears a suit, comfortable shoes. Carries her books in an "I Love NY" tote.
KITTY SHIM - 18, Korean. Extremely intelligent and serious in manner and bearing. She speaks with slightest trace of a Korean accent. She is in total control of herself and the college situation. Wears skirt, sweater.
NICK RIZZOU - 18, Italian descent. Big, burly, with Bronx accent. Very passionate nature. A Freshman in the Speech class. Wears polyester suit.
JUAN RIVERA - 18, Puerto Rican, small slender build. Tries to be macho. Speaks with Puerto Rican accent. Defensive underneath. Wears bright shirt.
MRS. BREWSTER - 35-45, older black (or white) woman who is in night session, hoping to raise herself up with a degree. Exhausted. Comes to class after a full day's work.
- Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
- Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
Open Admissions premiered on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre in January 1984 under the direction of Elinor Renfield.