“The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” Comes to Bridge Street Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Lindsay Cahill and Kalia Lay (Photo: John Sowle)

A mother’s bitterness colors the lives of her two high school-aged daughters in Paul Zindel’s 1971 Pulitzer Prize-winning The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, coming to Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre for eight performances July 6-16. Called “the most compelling work of its kind since Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie,” this poignant and lyrical drama will be performed by a cast of five brilliant female actors, led by Bridge Street favorite Roxanne Fay (Home Fires Burning, Dream Child, Upon This Rock) in the role of Beatrice Hunsdorfer.

The original Off-Broadway production of the play opened in April of 1970 and ran for 819 performances, winning not just the Pulitzer, but also the New York Drama Critics’ Circle and Obie Awards for Best Play of the Year. A film version was released in 1972, directed by Paul Newman and starring his wife Joanne Woodward, who won the award for Best Actress at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival for her performance. In the following decade, the play was widely produced internationally, regionally and in countless college and high school productions. Then it seemed to vanish…

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