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book by Laurence Klavan
directed by Blanka Zizka
November 26, 2003January 4, 2004

The date: January 5, 1895. The place: the St. James Theater in London’s West End. Tonight, the brilliant novelist Henry James hopes to change his life with the opening of his new venture: a play, into which he has poured his vulnerable heart. Meanwhile, deep in his imagination, a parallel story unfolds: the revealing tale of a playwright struggling with conflicted loyalties to art, love and life. With comic invention, haunting music and increasing speed, these two stories, one real and one imaginary, drive toward their very different confrontations with destiny. The Wilma proudly presents an artistic landmark: this will be the first of our commissioned works to premiere on the Wilma stage.


Henry Stram • Henry James
Michael X. Martin • George Alexander
Jesse Tyler Ferguson • Mr. Pickett
Ann Morrison • Mrs. Alsager
Jesse Tyler Ferguson • Wolcott
Jennie Eisenhower • Jenny
Michael X. Martin • Loder
Jennifer Lyon • Violet Grey
Jesse Tyler Ferguson • Nigel
Mary Martello • Sally
Jennie Eisenhower • Phoebe
Jesse Tyler Ferguson • Actor in An Ideal Husband
Michael X. Martin • George Bernard Shaw
Jesse Tyler Ferguson • H.G. Wells
Mary Martello • Arnold Bennett
Mary Martello • Aunt Letty
Jennie Eisenhower • Governess

Production Team

James Sugg • Alan Wayworth
Christine Jones • Set Designer
Janus Stefanowicz • Costume Designer
Russell H. Champa • Lighting Designer
Bill Moriarty • Sound Designer
Mary-Mitchell Campbell • Musical Director
Bruce Coughlin • Orchestrator