OPEN ADMISSIONS
(CBS)
Jane Alexander and Michael Beach



OPEN ADMISSIONS
(Broadway)
Marilyn Rockafellow and Calvin Levels (above); Calvin Levels, Nan-Lyn Nelson and Pam Potillo (below)







Playbill graphic design: Andy Jurinko
Photographs: CBS photography; Martha Swope

OPEN ADMISSIONS

Full Length Play, Short Play, Television Special (CBS)

OVERVIEW OF THE PLAY:
The play centers on a disenchanted urban college speech professor and her brilliant but illiterate black student who dreams of a racially equal education to help him achieve that dream.
4m; 7w.

AWARDS:
A Tony nominated drama, OPEN ADMISSIONS received two Drama Desk nominations, and both a Theatre World Award and a Samuel French Playwriting Award. The play, was a New York Times pick for the “Ten Best Plays of the Year” list, and also garnered the prestigious Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award.

PLAY HISTORY:
Broadway, The Music Box Theatre with Vincent D'Onofrio

The Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT
Directed by Arven Brown.

New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre

Center Stage, Baltimore, MD

Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis, MN

Bates College, ME

Adapted as a CBS Television Special, starring Jane Alexander and Michael Beach, with Dennis Farina and Estelle Parsons.

REVIEWS:
OPEN ADMISSIONS
(Full and short length versions)

"Packs a punch!...explosive confrontation...OPEN ADMISSIONS has had a profound effect on its audiences, leaving some viewers in tears, others stone silent...a devastating play...a no-win confrontation that shows us the full dimensions of a contemporary tragedy."
-The New York Times

"A small masterpiece"
-New York Magazine

"OPEN ADMISSIONS," at the Music Box, merits more than just an A for relevance. Shirley Lauro has written a thoughtful, sometimes comic, and ultimately moving drama about an inner-city black youth's collision with a well-meaning educational policy that can have dire consequences."
-The Christian Science Monitor

"Shirley Lauro's OPEN ADMISSIONS is funny but infinitely more, it is poignant."
-The New York Post

AVAILABLE FROM:
Samuel French, Inc.
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45 West 25th Street - Dept.W
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OF INTEREST:
This play is available in THE MERCURY READER, 2002 Edition
Pearson Custom Publishing Publisher: Longman

POLITICAL STAGES: PLAYS THAT SHAPED A CENTURY
Applause Books: NY, 2002

INTERCULTURAL JOURNEYS THROUGH READING AND WRITING by Marilyn Smith Layton,
Harper Collins: NY

LIVING IN THE USA
by Kathleen Shine Cain
Allyn and Bacon: MA

SELECTED WORK

Full Length Plays
NEW YORK PREMIERE 2012, Red Fern Theatre, New York City; WORLD PREMIERE 2010-11 The New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL. THE RADIANT centers on the true, tempestuous, and love-torn life of Madame Marie Curie. Winner of the TCG/Edgerton Award; Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Grant; and the Dramatists Guild Play Grant.
NEW YORK PREMIERE October 2009 Chicago World Premiere, 2005 "Jeff Award"
2006 Carbonell Award Nominee; 2004 NEA "Access to Excellence Award", in collaboration with New Theatre, FL; 2001 New American Play Prize (Finalist)
Dark comedy of shifting identities and cultures.
Tony & Drama Desk nominations, New York Times pick for the “Ten Best Plays of the Year” list, Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award.
The Barbara Deming Prize for Women Playwrights, The Susan Blackburn Prize (Finalist, The Kittredge Foundation Award.
National Foundation for Jewish Culture Award
Susan Smith Blackburn Award (finalist)
National Endowment for the Arts Residency Grant at The Alley Theatre of Houston, TX Jane Chambers Play Award (finalist)
Multigenerational play commissioned by Theatreworks, USA.
An explosive, sexually charged drama drawing on the supernatural.
Anthology of Plays
2009 New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media, Collaboration Award Finalist. Playwrights include: Paula Vogel, Quiara Hudes, Emily Mann, Shirley Lauro, Cindy Cooper, Nilaja Sun, Jessica Blank. Foreword by Julie Crosby, Artistic Director, The Women's Project, New York.
One Act Plays
New York Times pick for the “Ten Best Plays of the Year” list, Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, Samuel French OOBA Festival Award.
Samuel French Play Writing Award
The Heidemann Prize at Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival, selected for "Best Short Plays of 1980"
A play commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville showcasing the work of their Playwrights.
Other Work