The Cave Dwellers (1957)

B325Original Production - October 19, 1957 to January 11, 1958. 97 Performances at the Bijou Theatre, New York

Producer - Carmen Capalbo and Stanley Chase

Director - Carmen Capalbo

Music - Bernardo Segall

Original Cast

John Alderman - A Young Man
                           The Silent Boy
Francine Amdur - The Young Queen
Vergel Cook - Woman with Dog
                       The Mother
TheCaveDwellers 001Ivan Dixon - An Arab Chief
                    The Young Opponent
                    Jamie (a workman)
Susan Harrison - The Girl
Gerald Hiken - The Father
Clifton James - Wrecking Crew Boss
Barry Jones - The King
Eugenie Leontovich - The Queen
Wayne Morris - The Duke
Negrita - Negrita
Ronald Weyand - The Factory Foreman Gorky

 

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Saroyan's first play on Broadway in since 1943. 

Reviewed on Oct. 27, 1957 for the New York Daily News by John Chapman ("The Cave Dwellers is a Warm, Lovely Play, Splendidly Staged and Acted.") 

Reviewed by Brooks Atkison for The New York Times ("On Broadway fourteen years. have passed since William
Saroyan last invited us to sit down to listen to a story. "The Cave Dwellers," which opened at the Bijou on
Saturday evening, is one of the most enchanting stories he bas ever told.")

Al Lewis, best known as Grandpa Munster from the television series The Munsters, played The King in a 1976 production of The Cave Dwellers at The Mary Moody Northen Theatre in Austin, Texas. Future Star Trek actor Tim Russ played The Duke in the same production. 

Revivals include The Olney Theatre (1958), Greenwich Mews Theatre (1961, featuring former Mercury Theatre member Geraldine Fitzgerald and future Emmy-winner Joanna Miles), Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia (1966), The Schoolhouse Theater in North Salem, New York (2002) and The Pearl Theater (2007). 

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