Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Peccadillo Theater's THE SILVER CORD Begins Today

The Peccadillo Theater Company will present the first major NYC revival of Sidney Howard's 1926 play THE SILVER CORD this summer, directed by OBIE Award winner Dan Wackerman. Performances are set to begin tonight, June 5th, with the Opening on Tuesday, June 11th at 7pm at Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th Street (between Ninth & Tenth Ave.)

THE SILVER CORD, one of the most successful entries of the 1926-27 Broadway season, centers on a domineering matriarch who is pathologically close to her two adult sons. Originally starring Laura Hope Crews,THE SILVER CORD opened December 20, 1926 at the Golden Theatre, running for 232 performances. Miss Crews subsequently starred in the 1933 RKO film version with Irene Dunne and Joel McCrea, directed by John Cromwell.

The cast of THE SILVER CORD will feature Wilson Bridges (ACADEMY, SIGNS OF LIFE), Dale Carman(CITY OF HOPE, DOGFIGHT, Peccadillo's ROOM SERVICE), Caroline Kaplan (THREE SISTERS,Williamstown; GOING LIVE!, Guthrie), Thomas Matthew Kelley ("How to Make It in America," LOVE GOES TO PRESS), and Victoria Mack ("The Good Wife," Broadway's VENUS IN FUR).

Playwright Sidney Howard also wrote the plays THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WANTED (1925 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, later musicalized by Frank Loesser as THE MOST HAPPY FELLA), THE LATE CHRISTOPHER BEAN, DODSWORTH, NED McCOBB'S DAUGHTER, LUTE SONG, ALIEN CORN, YELLOW JACK, andCASANOVA. One of Hollywood's top screenwriters, Mr. Howard's classic films include GONE WITH THE WIND, DODSWORTH, RAFFLES, BULLDOG DRUMMOND, THE GREEKS HAD A WORD FOR THEM, andARROWSMITH. After his untimely death resulting from a farming accident, Sidney Howard received a posthumous Academy Award for GONE WITH THE WIND.

Scenic and lighting design for THE SILVER CORD is by Harry Feiner, with costume design by Gail Cooper-Hecht.

Founded in 1994, The Peccadillo Theater Company (Artistic Director, Dan Wackerman; Managing Director, Kevin Kennedy; Associate Managing Director, Georgia Buchanan) is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to the rediscovery of classic American theater, particularly those works which, despite their obvious literary and theatrical value, are not regularly revived. Beginning with Eugene O'Neill (generally considered the starting point of modern American theater), Peccadillo concentrates on the era of the so-called well-made play, a period of sparkling wit and sophistication in comedy as well as deepening realism in the drama. It encompasses such diverse and little-known works as JANE by S.N. Behrman, THE SHANGHAI GESTURE by John Colton as well as the neglected plays of celebrated authors like Dorothy Parker and John O'Hara. Collectively, this work represents nothing less than the American experience itself in all its contradictions and screwball energy.

In recent years, Peccadillo has broadened its mission to include original plays and musicals that share some of the virtues of classic American theater such as period style, well-defined characters and strong plotting. Such was the case with TEN CHIMNEYS, by Jeffrey Hatcher, a charming comedy of manners about the marriage of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. And ZERO HOUR, about the actor/comedian Zero Mostel, whose appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee was just as explosive as his stage performances.

THE SILVER CORD will play a limited Off-Broadway engagement through July 14th. The performance schedule is Wednesdays at 7pm, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees Saturday at 2pm andSunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $55 and are available through or by calling OvationTix at212-352-3101.

Related Stories

More Hot Stories For You

FRIGID New York & Manattan Theatre Source To Present 2023 EstroGenius Festival: BAN(NED) TOGETHERFRIGID New York & Manattan Theatre Source To Present 2023 EstroGenius Festival: BAN(NED) TOGETHER
February 3, 2023

FRIGID New York and Manhattan Theatre Source will present the 2023 EstroGenius Festival: BAN(NED) TOGETHER, a festival celebrating femme artists, March 15 - April 2. 

February 3, 2023

Monet’s Garden The Immersive Experience U.S. premiere in New York City has announced another extension by popular demand through March 26, 2023.

New Off-Broadway-Bound Musical MADDIE Will Receive Developmental Reading This MarchNew Off-Broadway-Bound Musical MADDIE Will Receive Developmental Reading This March
February 3, 2023

Bennett Theatricals has announced a developmental reading for its new Off-Broadway bound musical, Maddie, which will have one afternoon presentation at Pearl Studios on Friday, March 10th at 2:00PM. Maddie played an acclaimed run at The Lyric Theatre in the West End and is based on the Jack Finney novel 'Marion's Wall' (adapted as the film 'Maxie’).

50th Anniversary Exhibition of Jamaican Artists Inspired By THE HARDER THEY COME to be Featured at The Public Theater50th Anniversary Exhibition of Jamaican Artists Inspired By THE HARDER THEY COME to be Featured at The Public Theater
February 2, 2023

Beginning on Thursday, February 16, theatergoers will be able to visit Wheel and Come Again: The 50th Anniversary Art Exhibition of The Harder They Come on The Public Theater’s Levin Mezzanine, an exhibition of art inspired by the original film.

THE VILLAGE! A DISCO DAYDREAM Reopens Tonight at Dixon PlaceTHE VILLAGE! A DISCO DAYDREAM Reopens Tonight at Dixon Place
February 2, 2023

The Village! A Disco Daydream returns to Dixon Place after a sold-out premiere run last fall. The encore engagement will be performed for four weekends opening tonight – Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 PM – and running through Friday, February 24.