Open Admissions


a new American drama


Music Box Theatre, (1/29/1984 - 2/12/1984)

First Preview: Jan 24, 1984
Opening Date: Jan 29, 1984
Closing Date: Feb 12, 1984
Total Previews: 7
Total Performances: 17

Category: Play, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: In and near Calvin's and Ginny's Manhattan apartments and in a public college in New York City. One day in January, the present.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Irving Berlin and The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)

Produced by Stevie Phillips; Produced in association with Universal Pictures; Associate Producer: Bonnie Champion

Presented in the fall of 1982 at The Long Wharf Theatre (M. Edgar Rosenblum, Executive Director; Arvin Brown, Artistic Director); Based on the author's one act entitled "Open Admissions" which was originally produced at The Ensemble Studio Theatre (Curt Dempster: Artistic Director)

Written by Shirley Lauro

Directed by Elinor Renfield

Scenic Design by David Gropman; Costume Design by Ann Roth and Gary Jones; Lighting Design by Tharon Musser; Sound Design by Chuck London Media and Stewart Werner

General Manager: The Kingwill Office; Assistant to the General Manager: Susan Sampliner

Production Stage Manager: Paul Phillips; Stage Manager: Michael J. Frank

General Press Representative: Shirley Herz Associates; Advertising: Ash / LeDonne; Fight direction by Nels Hennum; Photographer: Martha Swope; Casting: Meg Simon and Fran Kumin

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Opening Night Cast

Calvin LevelsCalvin Jefferson
Marilyn RockafellowGinny Carlsen
Nan-Lynn NelsonSalina Jones
Calvin's sister
Pam PotilloGeorgia Jones
Calvin's niece
Sloane SheltonProfessor Clare Block
Maura Erin SullivanCathy Carlsen
Ginny's daughter
Vincent D'OnofrioNick Rizzoli
Una Kim
Broadway debut
Kitty Shim
Evan MirandaJuan Rivera
C.C.H. Pounder
Broadway debut
Mrs. Brewster
Kevin TighePeter Carlsen
Ginny's husband

Standby: Joy Franz (Ginny Carlsen)

Understudies: June Angela (Kitty Shim), Tahra Takeesha Brown (Georgia Jones), Al Ferrer (Juan Rivera, Nick Rizzoli), Richard Fitzpatrick (Peter Carlsen), Faith Geer (Mrs. Brewster, Professor Clare Block), C.C.H. Pounder (Salina Jones) and Jessica Rubinstein (Cathy Carlsen)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1984 Best Actor in Play [nominee] 

Calvin Levels

Drama Desk Award

 1984 Outstanding Actress in a Play [nominee] 

Marilyn Rockafellow

 1984 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Calvin Levels

Theatre World

winner 1984 Award [recipient] 

Calvin Levels

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