Book of Days

a World Premiere by Lanford Wilson

April 28, 1998 - June 27, 1998

Winner of the Best Play Award from the American Theatre Critics Association, Lanford Wilson’s “Book of Days” tells the story of a small town dominated by a cheese plant, a fundamentalist church, and a community theater.

When the owner of the cheese plant dies mysteriously in a hunting accident, Ruth, his bookkeeper, suspects murder. Cast as Joan of Arc in a local production of George Bernard Shaw’s St. Joan, Ruth takes on the attributes of her fictional character and launches into a one-woman campaign to see justice done.

In “Book of Days,” Lanford Wilson uses note-perfect language to create characters who are remarkable both for their comic turns and for their enormous depth.

Directed by Guy Sanville


  • Suzi Regan

  • Wayne David Parker
  • Carey Crim
  • Dennis E. North
  • Sandra Birch
  • Jim Porterfield
  • John Lepard
  • Joseph Albright
  • Lisa Sodman
  • Michelle Mountain
  • John Hawkinson
  • Randall Godwin

  • Set Designer: Bartley H. Bauer
  • Properties Designer: Danna Segrest
  • Costume Designer: Mary K. Copenhagen
  • Lighting Designer: Dana White
  • Sound Designer: Daniel C. Walker
  • Stage Manager: Anthony Caselli

Press Quotes

β€œIt’s quite probably the ultimate accomplishment of [Wilson’s] career.”
– American Theatre

“Mr. Wilson’s cosmic consciousness, intense moral concern, sense of human redemption and romantic effusion have climbed to a new peak.”
– The New York Times

“A significant addition to the Lanford Wilson canon… his best work since ‘Fifth of July’ … ‘Book of Days’ manages to combine Wilson’s signature character-based whimsy with an atypically strong narrative book and politically charged underpinnings.”
– Variety

“‘Book of Days’ is lively storytelling by one of our best playwrights.”
– Detroit Free Press