Day in the Death of Joe Egg, A (2003) Production Files

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Identifier: JOEEGG2003
Inclusive Dates: 2003
Production Files documenting the 2003 production of Peter Nichols' A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at the American Airlines Theatre.  Directed by Laurence Boswell, with set and costume design by Es Devlin, lighting design by Adam Silverman, sound design by Fergus O'Hare, and hair and wig design by Paul Huntley.

The production starred Eddie Izzard as Bri and Victoria Hamilton as Sheila, but all actors are given nearly equal billing, with Dana Ivey as Grace, Margaret Colin as Pam, Michael Gaston as Freddie and Madeleine Martin as Joe.  Tony Carlin, Tina Benko, Erica Getto, Virginia Louise Smith, Rufus Collins and Lucy Martin acted as understudies.

2003 Awards and Nominations:
Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play (nominee)
Tony Award, Best Actor in a Play, Eddie Izzard (nominee)
Tony Award, Best Actress in a Play, Victoria Hamilton (nominee)
Tony Award, Best Direction of a Play, Laurence Boswell (nominee)
Theatre World Award, Victoria Hamilton (recipient)
Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play (nominee)
Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Actor in a Play, Eddie Izzard (winner)
"A Day In the Death of Joe Egg concerns Bri and Sheila and their handicapped child (nicknamed Joe Egg) aged 10.  The parents invent conversations and personality traits for the child, even though she seems unable to communicate in any way.  As Bri and Sheila begin to fabricate scenarios, their marriage comes under increasing strain."  --Roundabout press release

Written in 1967 and premiered in Glasgow, Scotland, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg quickly transferred to London's West End and then to Broadway the next year, where it was nominated for and won a number of Tony awards.  Actors Eddie Izzard and Victoria Hamilton starred in a televised version of the play in the UK, directed by Robin Lough, before coming to New York for the Roundabout's 2003 revival; this was Roundabout's second revival of the play.
Production Files span two Hollinger boxes containing 17 folders, a Playbill, some marketing flyers and seven photographic prints of a production shot.

Digital holdings on the Archive 1 server include the following folders:
Education (Upstage study guide and interview transcripts)
Media (B-roll footage)
Playbill (20 jpeg scans)
Press (Archive-scanned selects)
Production Photographs (Captioned selects only)
Show Art

There is a related collection of Marketing materials on the Marketing shelves.  Contracts and other confidential documents have been moved to the Contracts cabinet and access is restricted.  A hard copy of the show poster is on the Poster shelves.
Access Restrictions: Open and available to approved researchers by appointment only. See folder details for specific restrictions.
Preferred Citation: A Day in the Death of Joe Egg 2003, Roundabout Theatre Company Archive
Related Staged Production

Day in the Death of Joe Egg, A (2003)

This box contains the following folders:
Author's Agreement
Sonia Friedman Productions
House Seats
Rehearsal Reports
Performance Reports
House Reports
Awards (Tony)
Opening Night
Ticket Services
This box contains the following folders:
Casting Sessions
Artistic Management
Set Design