Inclusive Dates: 2002
Roundabout Theatre Company staged Richard Greenberg's play, The Dazzle, at the Gramercy Theatre, with first preview on February 15, 2002, opening night on March 5 and closing night on May 12, 2002. The Dazzle was originally presented by New York Stage and Film and Film Company and the Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar in July 2000.
The Dazzle was nominated for several Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics' Circle awards, winning the Lucille Lortel award for Outstanding Actor (Reg Rogers), the Outer Critics' Circle awards for Outstanding Off Broadway Play, and an OBIE award for Reg Rogers and Peter Frechette's performances.
Writing for Time Out New York, Jason Zinoman said of the play, "Frechette's and Rogers's moving portrayals display an extraordinary arc, and mix a perfect blend of affection, hostility and despair. Think True West in tuxedos. With a barrage of riddles, aphorisms and inspired non sequiturs, Greenberg's language is as refined as you'll find onstage today." [Time Out New York, March 7-14, 2002]
Directed by David Warren, with set design by Allen Moyer, costume design by Gregory A. Gale, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Robert Murphy, original music by Lawrence Yurman, and musical staging by Karen Azenberg.
Peter Frechette played the part of Homer Collyer, Reg Rogers played the part of Langley Collyer, Francie Swift played the part of Milly Ashmore. Understudies: John Feltch, Adrian LaTourelle, Christi Craig.
The Dazzle is based on historical New York figures, the wealthy brothers Homer and Langley Collyer, who lived in their family's mansion in Harlem, ultimately secluding themselves inside the house and displaying erratic behavior over time - they lived without gas or electricity and filled the entire house with junk. Homer, the older brother, went blind and Langley was his primary caretaker. The brothers died inside the house - Langley apparently was crushed beneath a pile of stacked debris and blind Homer, left alone to fend for himself, starved to death. New York City declared the mansion hazardous and had it demolished.
Production records consist of 2 Hollinger boxes spanning 20 folders. Comprehensive stage and administrative documentation is present, including prompt and calling scripts, detailed performance reports, set and costume renderings, and artistic files. Also include copy of Playbill, direct mail flyers and 8x10 black and white cast/crew photograph.
Digital files include:
Costume design file includes 30 TIF scans (834 MB)
General management file includes contracts, bids, memos (9.48 MB)
Media file includes MP3 audio interview with Gregory Gale and David Warren) (89.4 MB)
Playbill file includes JPG scans (68.6 MB)
Photograph file includes 6 color JPGS, 1 black and white cast/crew, and 15 color JPGS scanned at low resolution (6.13 MB)
Show art file includes PDF of show art (41 MB)
Press file includes select scans to PDF (2.83 MB)
Marketing files include:
Departmental files with mock ups, ad placement, promotions, etc.
Photography file includes:
6 color photo slides
Access Restrictions: Open and available for research except as when noted.
Preferred Citation: Dazzle, The (2002), Roundabout Theatre Company Archives
Library of Congress Subject Heading Greenberg, Richard, 1958-Frechette, PeterRogers, RegSwift, FrancieMoyer, AllenGale, Gregory A.Croiter, JeffYurman, LawrenceAzenberg, KarenWarren, DavidRoundabout Theatre CompanyCollyer, Homer Lusk, 1881-1947Collyer, Langley, 1885-1947Eccentrics in literatureOff-Broadway theater
Production box contains both stage management and administrative files, including set and costume documents, author's agreement, music licensing, education, and press.
Production box contains stage management files, including calling and prompt script and rehearsal reports.