Whose Life is it Anyway?
The play, again directed by Lindsay-Hogg, was revived on Broadway at the Royale Theatre, where it opened on 24 February 1980 after nine previews. A gender reversal found Mary Tyler Moore in the lead role, rechristened Claire, and James Naughton as her now-male doctor. Josef Sommer rounded out the principal cast. The play ran for 96 performances. Moore was nominated for a Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Actress in a Play and won a special 1980 Tony Award for her performance.
Cast & Crew
|Andrew Eden||Eric Booth|
|Claire Harrison||Mary Tyler Moore|
|Dr. Michael Emerson||Josef Sommer|
|Dr. Paul Jacobs||Edmond Genest|
|Dr. Robert Barr||Joseph McCaren|
|John||Northern J. Calloway|
|Judge Wyler||James Higgins|
|Margareth Hill||Susan Kellermann|
|Mary Jo Sadler||Suzanna Hay|
|Mrs. Boyle||Johanna Leister|
|Nurse Anderson||Beverly May|
|Peter Kershaw||John Straub|
|Assistant stage manager||Dianne Trulock|
|Company manager||Max Allentuck|
|Costume designer||Pearl Somner|
|Dr. David Scott||James Naughton|
|General manager||Jose Véga|
|Hair design||John Quaglia|
|Lightning design||Tharon Musser|
|Producer||James M. Nederlander|
|Production stage manager||Martin Herzer|
|Scenic design||Alan Tagg|
|Stage manager||Cathy B. Blaser|
|Technical supervisor||Arthur Siccardi|
- Added by Violet.
“When sculptor Ken Harrison is permanently paralysed in an accident, he resolves to die rather than live in his physically helpless state. His struggle for the right to die makes a gripping play, which explores the issues of human dignity and medical ethics with wit and compassion.”
(Taken from Highbury 2009–2010 leaflet)
Plays and Players Best New Play 1978
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