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"Picnic" on Broadway

By January 9, 2013

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I wish playwright William Inge was still with us. He took his own life in 1973, after years of battling alcoholism, depression, and the sense that the critics and public did not admire his work. Yet, today on the Broadway stage, his characters are still very much alive, and very much admired, with Roundabout Theatre's production of Picnic.

Picnic is a three-act play written by William Inge, the author of Bus Stop and Come Back, Little Sheba. Set in a small town in Kansas, Picnic details the lives of "ordinary" Americans, from hopeful widows and embittered spinster to idealistic teenagers and restless wanderers. The play was first performed on Broadway in 1953 and was adapted into a motion picture in 1955, starring William Holden and Kim Novak. Learn more about this vintage American play.


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