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In addition to a successful career as a writer of fiction and nonfiction, J.P. Donleavy is a
highly accomplished playwright whose works have been staged numerous times over the past
three decades in both the US and Europe as well as being broadcasted on television and radio.
Although recent writing has focused primarily on fiction and nonfiction, new productions of
Donleavy plays continue to be presented worldwide. Honors and awards for theatrical works
include the Evening Standard Drama Critic's Award (Most Promising Playwright) for
Fairy Tales of New York 1960 and the Brandeis University Creative Arts Awards 1961-62
for the plays The Ginger Man & Fairy Tales of New York. Details on some productions
have proved difficult to find. Anyone with more information please pass it along.

Plays by J.P. Donleavy
(Those listed with links in this first heading lead to published editions of the play)

The Ginger Man
Fairy Tales of New York
A Singular Man
The Saddest Summer of Samuel S
The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B
The Venereal in the Vernacular
Helen (a play for radio)

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Production Histories & Notes Index
(In chronological order by title)

The Ginger Man
Fairy Tales of New York
A Singular Man
The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B
The Saddest Summer of Samuel S (no production info found yet)
 

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For more on Kenneth
Rexroth, visit Ken
Knabb's excellent
Rexroth Archive page.

THE GINGER MAN

 

Fortune Theatre, London, September 15, 1959 - The first production: presented by
Spur Productions, Ltd.,(length of run not known at this time) but was said to be a hit
production and received many favorable reviews. Directed by Philip Wiseman.
Designed by Tony Walton.

CAST:

Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield

Marion Dangerfield

Miss Lilly Frost

Kenneth O'Keefe

Richard Harris

Wendy Craig

Isabel Dean

Ronald Fraser

Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, October 26, 1959. The infamous first Dublin production: presented
by Spur Productions, Ltd., in association with the Globe Theatre Company.  Donleavy's
full account of the opening and forced closing of the play on "moral" grounds is chronicled in
his introduction to the published play, titled "What They Did in Dublin."  The same piece has
appeared in periodicals under the title, "What They Did in Dublin With The Ginger Man."
Directed by Philip Wiseman. Designed by Tony Walton.

CAST:
 

Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield

Marion Dangerfield

Miss Lilly Frost

Kenneth O'Keefe

Richard Harris

Genevieve Lyons

Rosalie Westwater

Godfrey Quigley

Royal Court Production. This production is still being researched but was probably
sometime in the early 60s in London. Supporting cast and director also being researched.
Photos from this production appear in the book
The Plays of J.P. Donleavy (Delacorte
Press, New York & Penguin, London) but no details are given regarding date, full cast,
director, etc.

CAST:
 

Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield

Marion Dangerfield

Miss Lilly Frost

Kenneth O'Keefe

Nicol Williamson
 

Orpheum Theatre, New York Production, November 21, 1963. This Broadway
production was well-received by audiences but was given little press attention as it
opened on the eve of the JFK assassination. Details on the full cast, director, etc are
being researched. The lead in this version of the play went on to open a landmark
bar/restaurant in New York called The Ginger Man. A chain of pubs in the US
(See
J.P. Links ) now uses the name upon agreement with Donleavy (permission
was apparently not obtained for the early New York establishment).

CAST:
 

Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield

Marion Dangerfield

Miss Lilly Frost

Kenneth O'Keefe

Patrick O'Neal
 

Encore Theatre, San Francisco, March, 1964.
News of this production came as a big surprise to me and those in the Donleavy
camp. It appears to be an unauthorized production. Since the theatre went through
many owners and managers and is now closed, tracking down details may prove
difficult. Special thanks to Ken Knabb at
The Bureau of Public Secrets for sending
a review of this production written for the San Francisco Examiner by Kenneth
Rexroth (see complete
Rexroth review, posted by permission of the Kenneth
Rexroth Trust). More on this Encore Theatre performance as it is discovered.

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Stage Society Theatre, Los Angeles Production, July 28, 1965.
By chance, I managed to obtain the director's original script of this production,
along with a mint copy of the program as it appears in The Playgoer magazine.
Said to be the first west coast production of the play, this conflicts with the
(possibly) unauthorized production in San Francisco at the Encore in 1964.
Other details (including whether or not this LA production was authorized)
and reviews are being sought.  Directed by Robert Angus. Set design by
James West. Lighting by Ian Kirk.

CAST:

Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield

Marion Dangerfield

Miss Lilly Frost

Kenneth O'Keefe

Shopkeeper

Little Boy

Miss Malarky

Anthony Costello

Maria Lennard

Joyce Ann Miller

Robert Hogan

Hert Gilbert

Jeffrey Gordon

Gilda Frantz
 

South Coast Repertory Co. Production, 1970-71 Season,
Costa Mesa, California.
Details regarding this production are being researched. Several queries to
the current staff at the South Coast Repertory Co. remain unanswered.
Any information on this production would be greatly appreciated.

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Production, 1970-71 Season,
April 16-24.
Details regarding this production are being researched. Any information on this
production would be greatly appreciated. The only information I've found is one
credit: adapted and directed by Robert Fish.

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White Bear Theatre Production, May 2 - 28, 1995, Kennington, England.
Special thanks to Gareth Griffiths for providing information and a facsimile
of the program for this production, presented by "Rummage." Directed &
produced by Caterina Loriggio; co-producer: Helen Scott; set & costume design:
Philippa Kunisch; assistant designer: Mavis Howard; lighting: Charlotte McClelland;
original music: Peter Davies; stage manager: Stephen Haynes; production assistant:
Olivia Foster; sponsorship & development: Peter Tunwell.

CAST:

Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield

Marion Dangerfield

Miss Lilly Frost

Kenneth O'Keefe

Paul McEwan

Melanie Carson

Paula Dillon

Peter Brooke

Dublin Theatre Company Production, July - Sept. 1999, New Theatre, Temple Bar,
Dublin, Ireland. (12 & a half-week run)
Directed by Ronan Wilmot. Still researching
which other credits are the same as the Irish Arts Center production listed next in this index.

CAST:

Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield

Marion Dangerfield

Miss Lilly Frost

Kenneth O'Keefe

David Murray

Julie Hale

Mary McEvoy?

Karl Hayden?

Although, the Dangerfields are confirmed as the same cast in the later Irish Arts Center
production by the Dublin Theatre Company, more research is being conducted to confirm
the roles of Lilly Frost and Kenneth O'Keefe as being the same. .

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Dublin Theatre Company Production, May - June, 2000, The Irish Arts Center, New York.
Presented by Robert A. Mitchell, David P. Addington, Philip Donleavy (son of JPD) and
The Irish Arts Center. Director: Ronan Wilmot; associate producers: Druids Restaurant, Rosie
O'Grady Restaurant, Chris Noth & Sea Green Productions; design: Niall Walsh; costumes:
Marie Tierney; lighting: Michael Doyle; sound: David Nolan; original music composed and
performed by Tom Cullivan; production manager Dublin: Conor Mullen; producer New York:
Pauline Turley; stage manager: Jenny Deady; program cover design: Benjamin Kirkendoll;
assistant stage manager/understudy: Laura Flynn; press relations New York: David Rothenberg
press relations Ireland: Carmel White.

CAST:

Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield

Marion Dangerfield

Miss Lilly Frost

Kenneth O'Keefe

David Murray

Julie Hale

Mary McEvoy

Karl Hayden

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Several other productions of The Ginger Man are being researched, and details will be listed when found.

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FAIRY TALES OF NEW YORK

Pembroke Theatre-in-the-Round, Croydon, Surrey, England Production,
December 6 1960
Presented by Spur Productions, the first production of the play, which was a success,
won Donleavy the Evening Standard Drama Critics' Award. Directed by Philip Wiseman.
Setting by Assheton Gorton.

CAST:

Cornelius Christian

1st Stevedore; Customs Man
Norman Vine; Stephen Mott
Admiral; Fritz; Charlie (Act I)

2nd Stevedore; 3rd Stevedore
Howard How; Mike O'Rourke
Charlie (Act IV)

Elaine Musk; Miss Kelly;
Gertrude Gentle; Charlotte Graves

Barry Foster

Robert Ayres



Harry Towb



Susan Hampshire

Comedy Theatre, London Production, January 24, 1961
The entire first production was moved to this location for the above
opening date, again directed by Philip Wiseman.

CAST:
 

Cornelius Christian

1st Stevedore; Customs Man
Norman Vine; Stephen Mott
Admiral; Fritz

2nd Stevedore; 3rd Stevedore
Howard How; Mike O'Rourke
Charlie

Elaine Musk; Miss Kelly;
Gertrude Gentle; Charlotte Graves

Barry Foster

Robert Ayres



Harry Towb



Susan Hampshire

The Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society (B.M.D.S.)
Theatre Workshop Production, Cavendish Hall, Devonshire,
Feb. 17, 1966
According to the program, several plays were included in this
presentation, one act from each. Act III of Fairy Tales of New York
was presented. Director: Alec D. Foster

CAST:

Cornelius Christian

Mike O'Rourke

Gertrude Gentle

The Admiral

Tony Dawson

John Lough

Paula Montgomery

John Profit

Bradford Civic Playhouse (The Civic) Production, Main Theatre,
Little Germany Bradford West Yorkshire, June 13-18, 1966
(
The theatre has now become The Priestley Centre for the Arts.)

Special thanks to Roger Beaumont who was part of the production crew
for this presentation of Fairy Tales of New York. Director: Sydney Irving;
set design: Hazel Irving; stage manager: Betty Woodrow; assistant stage
manager: Maraget Clough; lighting Tom Whitwham; wardrobe: Stella Birkett;
effects: David Guest, Margaret Read; properties: Susan Bonny, Peter Corrigan,
Stephen Hodson, Stephen Pearson, John Lambert; controlled by: Ian Graham,
Derek Lister

CAST:
 

First Actor

Second Actor

Third Actor

Actress

Tony Falkingham

Leonard Sheldon

Ian Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson

Details about the American premiere of Fairy Tales of New York are still
being researched along with information on other possible productions.
I've recently been in contact with director Charles Towers who has kindly
agreed to send information on this production soon. Watch for updates.

A Theatre Under the Influence Production, Seattle, Washington, Feb.
- March, 2000
A well-reviewed and received revival. More details being researched. Director:
Craig Bradshaw; fight choreographer: Geoffrey Alm.

CAST:

Cornelius Christian

Norman Vine & others

Howard How & others

Elaine Musk; Miss Kelly;
Gertrude Gentle; Charlotte Graves

Brandon Whitehead

Charles Leggett

Andy McCone

Jen Taylor

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A SINGULAR MAN

Cambridge Arts Theatre Production, October 6, 1964. Details being
researched. Cast and credits may be the same as the 2nd production.

Comedy Theatre, London, October 21, 1964. Directed by Philip Wiseman.
Designed by Carl Toms

CAST:
 

George Smith

Old Friend; Waiter; Butler;
Ralph; Herbert

Sally Tomson

Ann Martin

Shirl

Mrs. Martin

Ronald Fraser

Bill Nagy


Susannah York

Annette Crosby

Thomasine Heiner

Moya O'Sullivan
 

Westport County [CT] Playhouse Production, Sept. 4, 1967. Details being researched.
Any information on this production would be greatly appreciated

Eblana Theatre Production, Dublin November 20, 1971. Details being researched.
Any information on this production too, would be greatly appreciated.

I have not found any information on US productions yet.  Anyone have any information?

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THE BEASTLY BEATITUDES OF BALTHAZAR B.

Duke of York's Theatre Production, London, Sept. 30, 1981.
Many thanks to Dr. Andrew Schuman for forwarding detailed information
on the world premiere of this play, as well as many reviews and articles.
Naim Attallah presents The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B, a Namara
Production, presented by arrangement with Riteglen Ltd; director: Ron Daniels
design: Liz da Costa; costumes: Sue Formston; lighting: Leonard Tucker;
Company and stage manager: Marj Williams; deputy stage manager:
Sue Darke; assistant stage managers: Helen Bennett, Gilly Archer.

CAST:
 

Balthazar

Beefy

Elizabeth Fitzdare

Horace

A Taxi Driver

Rebecca

Breda

The Junior Dean

Peters, a University Porter

Boats

Lady Bicuspid

Girl in Harrods

Millicent

The Hotel Receptionist

The Hotel Porter

Millicent's Mother

Stephen, Millicent's Father

A Striptease Girl

A Man from the Admiralty

Marjorie, His Wife

Another Neighbor

Alphonsine

Patrick Ryecart

Simon Callow

Susan Gilmore

Reginald Jessup

Renny Krupinski

Moya O'Sullivan

Charlotte West-Oram

Lizzie Romilly

Noel Coleman

Peter Attard

Noel Howlett

Sylvia Coleridge

Helen Bennett

Charlotte West-Oram

Renny Krupinski

Lally Bowers

Reginald Jessup

Judith Hepburn

Noel Coleman

Barbara Hyslop

Reginald Jessup

Lizzie Romilly
 

THE BEASTLY BEATITUDES OF BALTHAZAR B.

Duke of York's Theatre Production, London, Month and days?, 1982.
Preliminary research indicates a return run of the play at this venue the year following
its premiere. Credits other than the two male leads are not known at this time. Details
will be add as discovered.

CAST:
 

Balthazar

Beefy
 

Patrick Ryecart

Billy Connolly
 

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THE BEASTLY BEATITUDES OF BALTHAZAR B.

Virginia Stage Company Production, Norfolk, Virginia,
Oct 9 - 26, 1985.
Warmest thanks to Wendy Barrie-Wilson (Rebecca and Millicent
in this production), for donating a copy of the program from this,
the U.S. premiere, to the JPDC. According to Wendy, this production
was a true labor of love, and Donleavy was a pleasure to work with.

And special thanks to Director, Charles Towers for additional details
as well as forwarding a copy of his excellent article "Anatomy of an
Obsession," American Theater, Dec. 1985,  an inside chronicle of the
struggle to get this play produced in the US. Mr. Towers now directs
and is the associate artistic director for
The Cincinnati Playhouse

Artistic director: Charles Towers; director: Charles Towers; set design:
John Lee Beatty; lighting: Roger Morgan; production manager: Kurt
Wilhelm; stage manager: Nancy Kay Uffner; sound design: Dirk Kuyk;
hair consultant: Tom Watson; scenic artist: Deborah Jasin; voice & dialect
consultant: Tim Monich; casting director: Stuart Howard Associates;
properties manager: Gretchen Gregg; properties assistant: Rob Hyman;
properties intern: John Trosko.

CAST:
 

Balthazar

Beefy

Elizabeth Fitzdare

Horace

A Taxi Driver

Rebecca

Breda

The Junior Dean

Peters, a University Porter

Boats

Lady Bicuspid

Millicent

A Hotel Clerk

Millicent's Mother

Millicent's Father

A Striptease Girl

1st Vigilante

2nd Vigilante

1st Vigilante's Wife

Alphonsine

Patrick Ryecart

Bille Brown

Kathleen Mahony-Bennett

Gary Montgomery

G.F. Rowe

Wendy Barrie (now Wendy Barrie-Wilson)

Maureen Garrett

Derek Murcott

Ed Morgan

Emmett O'Sullivan-Moore

Harriet Rogers

Wendy Barrie

Gary Montgomery

Peg Small

Derek Murcott

Pam Manning

Gary Montgomery

Derek Murcott

Peg Small

Maureen Garrett

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THE BEASTLY BEATITUDES OF BALTHAZAR B.

Douglas Fairbanks Theatre "Reading," New York. Monday,
March 2, 6 p.m., 1987.
This reading of the play was performed by the entire cast of the US
premiere, all members of The Virginia Stage Company. According
to the promotional card, there was a reception for Donleavy after the
performance which was presented by Milton Goldman. Special
thanks to
Wendy Barrie-Wilson for donating this card with its
valuable information  to the JPDC.

CAST:
 

Balthazar

Beefy
 

Patrick Ryecart

Sullivan (Bille) Brown
 

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