Am I Blue (play)

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Am I Blue
Written by Beth Henley
Characters John Polk Richards
Ashbe Williams
The Barker
The Bum
The Hippie (Clareece)
The Whore
Date premiered 1974
Original language English
Genre Comedy

Am I Blue is a play by Beth Henley and was written in 1972 and first performed in 1974 at Southern Methodist University. It premiered Off-Broadway in 1982 at the Circle Repertory Company, in a night of plays called Confluence[1] (also featuring Confluence by John Bishop and Thymus Vulgaris by Lanford Wilson).


A bar, the street, the living room of a run down apartment in New Orleans, Fall, 1968


The play was originally produced in 1974 at Southern Methodist University, and starred John Tillotson and Marci Glaser.[2] It was directed by Jill Christine Peters. It premiered Off-Broadway at the Circle Repertory Company on January 10, 1982. The show was directed by Stuart White,[3] set design by Bob Phillips, costumes by Joan E. Weiss, lighting design by Mal Sturchio, and sound by Chuck London and Stewart Werner. The cast starred Jeff McCracken (John Polk Richards), June Stein (Ashbe Williams), Pearl Shear (Hilda), Jimmy Ray Weeks (The Barker), Edward Seamon (The Bum), Ellen Conway (The Hippee), and Katherine Cortez (The Whore).


  1. ^ Am I Blue listing, accessed March 15, 2015
  2. ^ Van Duren, Ally. "AM I BLUE: 40 Years Later", March 26, 2014, accessed March 15, 2015
  3. ^ Plunka, Gene. Am I Blue The Plays of Beth Henley: A Critical Study,, McFarland, 2005, ISBN 0786481455, p. 16

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