Nederlander Theatre, (4/29/1991 - 6/08/1991)

First Preview: Apr 19, 1991
Opening Date: Apr 29, 1991
Closing Date: Jun 08, 1991
Total Previews: 12
Total Performances: 48

Category: Play, Original, Broadway
Setting: Sydney, Australia. 1788-89.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; Robert E. Nederlander: President; Arthur Rubin: Vice-President)

Produced by Frank Gero, Woji Gero, Karl Sydow, Raymond L. Gaspard, Frederick Zollo and Diana Bliss; Produced under the auspices of The Broadway Alliance

Originally produced by The Hartford Stage Company and The Royal Court Theatre

Written by Timberlake Wertenbaker; Based on the novel "The Playmaker", by Thomas Keneally

Directed by Mark Lamos

Scenic Design by Christopher H. Barreca; Costume Design by Candice Donnelly; Lighting Design by Mimi Jordan Sherin; Sound Design by David Budries; Hair Design by Cynthia Demand; Makeup Design by Cynthia Demand

General Manager: Gindi Theatrical Management; Associate Manager: Peter Bogyo

Production Stage Manager: Fredric H. Orner; Stage Manager: Barbara Reo

Casting: Julie Mossberg and Brian Chavanne; Press Representative: Chris Boneau and Associates; Press Consultant: Adrian Bryan-Brown; Dialect Consultant: Elizabeth Smith; Advertising: LeDonne, Wilner, & Weiner, Inc.

Opening Night Cast

Neville AureliusConvict
Amelia CampbellLieutentant Will Dawes
Royal Marines
Duckling Smith
Meg Long
Tracey EllisLieutenant George Johnston
Royal Marines
Mary Brenham
Peter Frechette2nd Lieutenant Ralph Clark
Royal Marines
John HickokConvict
Cherry JonesReverend Johnson
Liz Morden
Adam LeFevreMajor Robbie Ross
Royal Marines
Ketch Freeman
Ron McLartyCaptain Jemmy Campbell
Royal Marines
Midshipman Harry Brewer
Royal Navy, Provost Marshall
John Arscott
Richard PoeCaptain Arthur Phillip
Royal Navy, Governor-in-Chief of New South Wales
John Wisehammer
J. Smith-Cameron2nd Lieutenant William Faddy
Royal Marines
Dabby Bryant
Sam TsoutsouvasCaptain David Collins
Royal Marines, Advocate General
Robert Sideway
Gregory WallaceCaptain Watkin Tench
Royal Marines
An Aboriginal Australian
Black Caesar

Understudies: Neville Aurelius (An Aboriginal Australian, Black Caesar, Captain Arthur Phillip, Captain Jemmy Campbell, Captain Watkin Tench, John Arscott, John Wisehammer, Midshipman Harry Brewer), Orlagh Cassidy (2nd Lieutenant William Faddy, Dabby Bryant, Duckling Smith, Lieutenant George Johnston, Lieutentant Will Dawes, Liz Morden, Mary Brenham, Meg Long, Reverend Johnson) and John Hickok (2nd Lieutenant Ralph Clark, Captain David Collins, Ketch Freeman, Major Robbie Ross, Robert Sideway)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1991 Best Play [nominee] 

Written by Timberlake Wertenbaker; Produced by Frank Gero, Woji Gero, Karl Sydow, Raymond L. Gaspard, Frederick Zollo and Diana Bliss; Originally produced by The Hartford Stage Company

 1991 Best Actor in Play [nominee] 

Peter Frechette

 1991 Best Actress in a Play [nominee] 

Cherry Jones

 1991 Best Featured Actress in a Play [nominee] 

Amelia Campbell

 1991 Best Featured Actress in a Play [nominee] 

J. Smith-Cameron

 1991 Best Direction of a Play [nominee] 

Mark Lamos

Drama Desk Award

 1991 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play [nominee] 

Tracey Ellis

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Nederlander Theatre

(4/29/1991 - 6/8/1991)
Assistant to the Director: Caro Coltman.

Press Associate: John Barlow, Josh Lewis, Cabrini Lepis; Photographer: T. Charles Erickson, Jennifer Lester, Martha Swope.


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