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