The Waverly Gallery

The Waverly Gallery

by  Kenneth Lonergan

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 2f

A wacky and heartrending look at the effect of senility on a family.

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The Waverly Gallery

by  Kenneth Lonergan

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades


    Pulitzer, From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Gladys, the elderly matriarch of the Green family, has run an art gallery in a small Greenwich Village hotel for many years. The management wants to replace her less-than-thriving gallery with a coffee shop. Always irascible but now increasingly erratic, Gladys is a cause of concern to her daughter, her son-in-law, and her grandson, from whose point of view this poignant memory play is told. A wacky and heartrending look at the effect of senility on a family, The Waverly Gallery was a success at New York’s Promenade Theatre, winning an Obie for legendary Eileen Heckart in the role of Gladys.

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  • FINALIST! 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Drama
    NOMINEE! 2000 Outer Critics' Circle John Gassner Award



"Deftly presents senility as an exaggerated state of the natural human condition...Deeply theatrical and often deeply funny." - The New York Times, Read More

"...terrific ear for dialogue and wonderfully naturalistic characters...this is one playwright we need to hear a lot more from." TheatreMania, Read More 


Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: 1990s, 1980s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Greenwich Village and the Upper West Side of Manhattan from 1989 to 1991.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


3m, 2f
GLADYS GREEN -  A former lawyer and Greenwich Village activist, runs a small art gallery, 80s
ELLEN FINE - Her daughter, a psychiatrist, 50s
DANIEL REED - Ellen's son, a speechwriter, 20s
HOWARD FINE - Ellen's husband, Daniel's step-father, a psychiatrist, 50s
DON BOWMAN - A Painter and waiter from Lynn, Massachusetts, 30s
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  • Ensemble cast
  • Parts for Senior Actors


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Kenneth Lonergan

Kenneth Lonergan's productions in New York include The Starry Messenger (New Group), Lobby Hero (Playwrights Horizons, John Houseman Theatre, Drama Desk Best Play Nominee, Outer Critics Circle Best Play and John Gassner Playwriting Nominee, included in the 2000-2001 Best Plays Annual), The Waverly Gallery (Williamstown ...

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The Waverly Gallery premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival in August 1999 under the direction of Scott Ellis. 

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