The Brides



Production History:

THE BRIDES was first performed in a student production at Yale Drama School December 19 and 21, 1979. It was directed by Jan Eliasberg.

The play was first produced professionally at the Lenox Arts Center in Massachusetts by the Music-Theater Performing Group (Lyn Austin and Margo Lion, producers), on July 23, 1980, with the following cast: Susan Blommaert, Sheila Dabney, Caitlin O’Heaney, and Pamela Reed. It was directed by the author with music by Hal McKusick and costumes by Rita Ryack.

THE BRIDES was subsequently seen at the Cubiculo Theater in New York City on April 22, 1981, under the title “Disrobing the Bride.” It was directed by the author with Patricia Benoit, music composed by Gary Fagin, scenery and lighting by Loren Sherman, costumes by Ann Emonts, and performed by Ellen Greene, Caroline Kava, and Mary Beth Lerner.

Production Photos:

Issy (Isabell) Monk, Eve Gordon, Warren David Keith, and Katherine Borowitz in the Yale production (photos by Douglas Stein)

Caitlin O’Heaney, Susan Blommaert, Sheila Dabney, and Pamela Reed in the Lenox production (photos by Clemens Kalischer)

Caroline Kava, Mary Beth Lerner, and Ellen Greene in the NYC production (photos by Jonathan Postal)


In Wordplays 2: New American Drama, Performing Arts Journal Publications, New York, 1982.


Soho News, May 6, 1981
New York Times, April 30, 1981

Full Text:
To see the full text of the play, click here.

If you’ve ever seen or worked on this show and would like to share your experience, please comment below.


  1. Guest

    I’m producing, acting and directing The Brides for my senior project in partial completion of my theatre major at Hamilton College fo Clinton, New York, where Harry went as an undergrad. If anyone has any information about this piece, as there isn’t a lot written, please contact me at thanks!

  2. Zan Tewksbury

    Steve Eldredge and I went to see Brides during its run at the Cubiculo, and as we chatted with our former classmate at Hamilton-Kirkland College and the playwright, in the lobby pre-show, Harry’s head suddenly swivelled around, and he said: “Is that Bella Abzug, come to see my little play?” Indeed, when we looked in the same direction, there she was, big hat and all…and then he was off, to press flesh with the “almost mayor” of NYC.


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