The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds

The old, converted vegetable shop where Tillie lives is more like a madhouse than a home. Tillie’s mother, Beatrice, is bitter and cruel, yet desperate for her daughters’ love.

Play title:  The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds

Author (s):  Paul Zindel

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Publication Date: 1970

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Chemistry

Secondary Discipline: Biology

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts: None

Character Breakdown: 5 Women

Tillie, Beatrice, Ruth, Nanny, Janice Vickery

Setting: Tillie’s Home

Time Period: Present Day

Synopsis of Play: The old, converted vegetable shop where Tillie lives is more like a madhouse than a home. Tillie’s mother, Beatrice, is bitter and cruel, yet desperate for her daughters’ love. Her sister, Ruth, suffers epileptic fits and sneaks cigarettes every chance she gets. In the midst of chaos, Tillie struggles to keep her focus and dreams alive. Tillie – keeper of rabbits, dreamer of atoms, true believer in life, hope, and the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigolds. (play text cover blurb, HarperCollins Publishers)

First Performance Date: 1964

First Producer: Alley Theatre, Houston

Performance History: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds’ world premiere happened in the 1964 at the Alley Theatre in Houston. The play premiered Off-Broadway at the Mercer Arts Center on April 7th, 1970. The play won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Links:

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/nyregion/keep-mom-away-from-the-pet-rabbit-a-review-of-the-effect-of-gamma-rays-on-man-in-the-moon-marigolds-in-croton-falls.html

https://variety.com/1971/film/reviews/the-effect-of-gamma-rays-on-man-in-the-moon-marigolds-1200422691/

http://articles.latimes.com/1986-09-06/entertainment/ca-12864_1_bowery-theatre

https://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article1241915.html

https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/out-at-seathe-effect-of-gamma-rays-on-man-in-the-moon-marigolds/Content?oid=881725

https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970204555904577168852417556944

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

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