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March 13 — April 8, 2018

March 13 — April 8, 2018

Joanna McClelland Glass

Joanna McClelland Glass


Joanna McClelland Glass has had plays produced in many North American regional theatres, as well as in England, Ireland, Australia, and Germany. Trying was first presented by Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago in 2004 and won Chicago's prestigious Jefferson Award for Best New Play. Trying was then produced at The Promenade Theatre, NYC, in the fall/winter of 2004-2005. Trying has now enjoyed 36 productions in the United States, Canada, and Australia, and at least 5 productions are planned for the 2007-08 season at theatres in the United States and Canada. 

Regional: Canadian Gothic and American Modern (both one-act plays) were first produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC, in 1972; Artichoke (starring Colleen Dewhurst) first produced at Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, in 1974; To Grandmother's House We Go (starring Eva LeGallienne) first produced at Alley Theatre, Houston, TX, moving to Broadway in 1980; Play Memory (directed by Harold Prince) first produced at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, moving to Broadway in 1984, and nominated for a Tony Award that year; If We Are Women premiered in 1993 at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, and premiered as a co-production between Vancouver Playhouse and Canadian Stage Company, Toronto, 1994, also premiered in London (directed by Richard Olivier). Yesteryear was originally produced by the Canadian Stage Company in Toronto in 1989. 

Film/Novels: Ms. Glass wrote two novels, Reflections on a Mountain Summer (published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1975), and Woman Wanted (published by St. Martin's Press in 1984). She has adapted both novels into screenplays, for Lorimar Studios and Warner Bros. Woman Wanted was filmed in 1998, starring and directed by Kiefer Sutherland, also starring Holly Hunter and Michael Moriarty. 

Awards: In 1984-85, Ms. Glass was awarded a Rockefeller grant. Other grants: the National Endowment for the Arts, 1980, and the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981. Ms. Glass won the Francesca Primus Award in 1994, and the Berrilla Kerr Award in 2000. 

Ms. Glass was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and presently resides in suburban Chicago.

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Internationally known Francis Biddle, Chief Judge of the Nuremberg trials, fierce opponent of the Japanese internment camps during World War II, and Attorney General under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, is 81 years old, elegant, sharply cantankerous, and trying to put his life in order. In true Pygmalion fashion, when a young, new secretary is hired, the two struggle to communicate but come to understand how two strangers at very different places in their lives can unexpectedly and forever influence each other. Based on playwright Joanna McClelland Glass’ real-life experience as Biddle's secretary.

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The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation
Trying is sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation

Exquisitely literate, moving and compelling.


Trying is a portrait of generational reconciliation. It is enormously bracing theatre.

New York Daily News

Comic and touching.

The New York Times


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