Wings (play)

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This article is about the Arthur Kopit play. For other uses, see Wing (disambiguation).
Written by Arthur Kopit
Characters Emily Stilson
Mr. Brownstein
Mrs. Timmins
Date premiered March 3, 1978 (1978-March-03)
Place premiered Yale Repertory Theatre
New Haven, CT
Original language English
Genre Drama

Wings is a 1978 play by American playwright Arthur Kopit. Originating as a radio play, it was later adapted for stage and screen.

In 1976, Kopit was commissioned to write an original radio play by the NPR drama project Earplay. Just prior, his father suffered a debilitating stroke, which inspired Kopit to write the play about the language disorder and psychological perspective of a stroke victim. The female character of the play is an amalgam of two women who were both patients at the rehab center that cared for his father.

Production history[edit]

The first professional stage performance of Wings took place at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut on March 3, 1978, with Constance Cummings as Emily Stilson, and Marianne Owen as Amy.[1]

The YRT cast and crew was as follows:

On January 28, 1979, the show opened at the Lyceum Theatre in New York City.

The cast and crew was as follows:

It was filmed for U.S. television in 1983, starring Constance Cummings and Mary-Joan Negro.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 1979 Selection, The Burns Mantle Theater Yearbook, The Best Plays of 1978-1979[2]


  1. ^ Kopit, Arthur (1978). Wings: a play. New York: Hill and Wang. ISBN 0-8090-1239-1
  2. ^ Guernsey Jr. (Ed.), Otis L. (1979). The Best Plays of 1978-1979. New York & Toronto: Dodd, Mead & Company. pp. 168–179. ISBN 0-396-07723-4.