Published : Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | 1:49 PM
Book of Days is about the people of a small Missouri town confronted by a violent death and forced to reconsider the truths they thought they knew. When the owner of the cheese plant dies mysteriously in a hunting accident, Ruth, his bookkeeper, suspects murder. Cast as Joan of Arc in a local production of Shaw’s St. Joan, Ruth takes on the attributes of her fictional character and launches into a one-woman campaign to see justice done.
Winner of the 1999 Best Play Award from the American Theater Critics Association.
“A significant addition to the Lanford Wilson canon … Book of Days manages to combine Wilson’s signature character-based whimsy with an atypically strong narrative book and politically charged underpinnings.” – Variety
Lanford Wilson (1937-2011) is the playwright. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Talley’s Folly. He was awarded the Drama Desk Award for The Rimers of Eldritch. His Broadway credits include Burn This, The Three Sisters (adaptation), Redwood Curtain, Angels Fall, Fifth of July and The Gingham Dog. Book of Days was first produced in 1998.
Christian Lebano directs.The Artistic Director of Sierra Madre Playhouse, he most recently directed Stuart Little, and will again direct The Gin Game as it transfers from Sierra Madre Playhouse to Theatricum Botanicum in August.
The Off the Page series is produced by Christian Lebano and coordinated by Roxanne Barker.
Book of Days. Staged reading of a play. Written by Lanford Wilson. Directed by Christian Lebano. At Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Suggested donation: Five dollars. Website: www.sierramadreplayhouse.org Phone: (626) 355-4318.
Sierra Madre is just east of Pasadena. Parking is available on the street and in free lots behind the Playhouse and across the street.