Inclusive Dates: 1999 - 2000
Roundabout Theatre Company staged Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! at the Gramercy Theatre, with previews starting September 10, opening night October 5, 1999, and closing night January 2, 2000. Kenneth Posner won the 2000 Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding Lighting Design.
Directed by Kyle Donnelly with set design by Thomas Lynch, costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, and original music and sound design by Donald DiNicola.
Woodwyn Koons played the part of Bridget Connolly, John Glover played the part of Tom Connolly, Nancy Robinette played the part of Nurse, Kate Burton played the part of Daisy Connolly, Michael Emerson played the part of David Knight, Joel Grey played the part of Jack Donovan, Lois Smith played the part of Maggie Donovan, Gawn Grainger played the part of Garret Fitzmaurice and Helen Carey played the part of Grainne Fitzmaurice.
Set in a rural village in the northern county of Donegal, Ireland, Brian Friel's play explores self-reflection and life choices in the Connolly family. Tom, the main character, is a novelist suffering from debilitating writers block. In order to earn money, he invites an archives assessor to review his manuscript collection, hoping to be offered a large sum of money. A friend of Tom's has recently sold his collection to the same assessor for a large sum of money, prompting Tom to wonder whether his collection - and his value as a writer - will match that of his friend in the eyes of the assessor. As Tom and his family and friends work through their individual self doubts and concerns they come to accept the fact that "being alive is the postponement of verdicts because verdicts are provided only when it's all over, all concluded."
The production files span 2 hollinger boxes and consist of stage and administrative documents, playbills, and direct mail flyers.
Digital files consist of scanned playbill, select production photographs and education materials including the study guide.
The photograph file consists of color slides, select 8x10 black and white prints, black and white opening night contact sheets and black and white contact sheets of the production photographs.
Access Restrictions: Open for research by approved researchers by appointment only.
Preferred Citation: Give Me Your Answer, Do!, Roundabout Theatre Company Archives
Production Box one consists of playbill and direct mailers, and administrative records, including rehearsal and performance reports, master script, casting session books, education and artistic.
Production Box one consists of stage management records, including set, costume, props and lighting and annotated prompt script.