My Lord, What a Night

by Deborah Brevoort
World Premiere / Directed by Ed Herendeen

In 1937, after performing a sold-out concert in Princeton, NJ, internationally renowned singer Marian Anderson was refused a room at the whites-only Nassau Inn. With nowhere to go, Albert Einstein invites her to stay in his home, beginning an intimate friendship between two icons that lasts a lifetime. Based on actual events during a turbulent time in our nation’s history, Deborah Brevoort’s new play offers a rare glimpse into what transpired that fateful evening.

“They can deny me a hotel room, they can deny me a concert hall. But they cannot deny me from using my voice. If I let them do that, they’ll take away the most powerful weapon we possess. Music.”

Frank Center, 260 University Drive // Run Time: 120 Minutes

Sponsored by Edward & Helen Moore

My Lord, What a Night by Deborah Brevoort

My Lord, What a Night is produced at the Contemporary American Theater Festival as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theaters are Orlando Shakespeare Theater and Florida Studio Theatre.

Special thanks to Lee Sandberg and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.

National New Play Network


Albert Einstein
John Leonard Pielmeier

Marian Anderson
Angela Wildflower

Abraham Flexner
Larry Paulsen

Mary Church Terrell
Lizan Mitchell

Scenic Design
David M. Barber

Costume Design
Therese Bruck

Lighting Design
D.M. Wood

Sound Design
Victoria Deiorio

Technical Director
Kevin Dunckel

Production Stage Manager
Deb Acquavella

Stage Manager
Paul Mills Holmes

Asst. Stage Manager
Ryan Kane

Stage Management Intern
Robert Cott

Casting Directors
Pat McCorkle, CSA
Katja Zarolinksi, CSA

Assistant Director
Shaun McCracken