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The Grace of Mary Traverse

L.A. Theater Works, Los Angeles, CA

Set in 18th-century England, The Grace of Mary Traverse follows the adventures of Mary, a spoiled, well-to-do young woman who learns the ways of the world the hard way. Despite its setting, it is not an historical play; whenever the playwright used historical events, such as the Gordon Riots, she took great freedom with reported fact.

Timberlake Wertenbaker, now living in England, is a classicist and established playwright. In addition to The Grace of Mary Traverse, she has written Our Country's Good (winner of the Laurence Olivier Play of the Year Award in 1988 and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play in 1991), The Love of the Nightingale (first performed in October 1988 by the Royal Shakespeare Co. at The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon), and Three Birds Alighting on a Field (winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award in 1992). She has translated Marivaux, Anouilh, Maeterlinck, Sophocles, and Euripides. Her play The Break of Day, commissioned by Max Stafford-Clark's Out of Joint Theater Co., toured in 1995 and opened in November 1995 at the Royal Court Theater. Many of her plays are published by Faber and Faber, London and Boston.

Director: Peggy Shannon
Set Designer: Thomas Buderwitz and Ken Booth
Lighting Designer: Bob Heller and J. Kent Inasy
Costume Designer: Abra Flores
Sound Designer: Kevin Dunayer
Featured Performers: Ian Abercrombie, Dalton Cathey, Ken Danziger, Harriet Harris, Maria Hayden, Joan Hotchkis, Tony Maggio, James Newcomb.
Running Dates: November 9-December 11, 1988

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