- Another Part of the Forest
:"For the article about the 1948 film adaptation of this play, see Another Part of the Forest."
"Another Part of the Forest" is a 1946 play by
Lillian Hellman, a prequelto her 1939 drama " The Little Foxes".
Set in the
fictional town of Snowden, Alabamain June 1880, the plot focuses on the wealthy, ruthless, and innately evil Hubbard family and their rise to prominence. PatriarchMarcus Hubbard was born into poverty and toiled at menial labor while teaching himself Greek philosophyand the basics of businessacumen. He ultimately made his fortune by exploiting his fellow Southerners during the Civil War. He treats his good-hearted but slightly eccentric Bible-quoting wife Lavinia in a way designed to undermine both her self confidence and sense of reality; she is no help to her children and wants nothing more than to join a religious retreat so she can expiate her sins. Shrewd, amoral elder son Benjamin is plotting to usurp his father's power and steal his money, while the younger Oscar lusts for whore Laurette Sincee rather than penniless neighbor Birdie Bagtry, who desperately is looking for a loan on her family's valuable land, a situation Benjamin hopes to exploit. Regina is the sexually active daughter who wants to live in Chicagowith Birdie's brother, former Confederate officer John Bagtry, a move discouraged by her father, who has a disturbingly unnatural closeness to the girl. The only people in the household with any sense of morality are the servants, Coralee and Jacob.
Original Broadway production
Hellman herself directed the Broadway production that opened on November 20, 1946 at the Fulton Theatre, where it ran for 182 performances. Incidental music was composed by
Marc Blitzstein, the scenic and lighting design were by Jo Mielziner, and the costume design was by Lucinda Ballard.
Principal opening night cast
*Percy Waram ..... Marcus Hubbard
Mildred Dunnock..... Lavinia Hubbard
Leo Genn..... Benjamin Hubbard
*Scott McKay ..... Oscar Hubbard
Patricia Neal..... Regina Hubbard
*Margaret Phillips ..... Birdie Bagtry
*Bartlett Robinson ..... John Bagtry
Jean Hagen..... Laurette Sincee
*Beatrice Thompson ..... Coralee
*Stanley Greene ..... Jacob
Awards and nominations
Patricia Neal, making her Broadway debut, won both the
Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Playand the Theatre World Award, and Lucinda Ballard won the Tony Award for Best Costume Design. Margaret Phillips won the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Female.
PBSbroadcast directed by Daniel Mannstarred Barry Sullivanas Marcus, Dorothy McGuireas Lavinia, Robert Foxworthas Benjamin, Andrew Prineas Oscar, Tiffany Bolling as Regina, Tisha Sterlingas Birdie, William Bassett as Bagtry, and Lane Bradbury as Laurette.
Triva:In 1950, the stock units from the "Hubbard home" sound stage sets were reconstructed on the new colonial street.
In 1964, Universal studios tour guides called the set the " The Bachelor Father House " (Hubbard home).
* [http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/universalstonecutter/ColonialStreet1950To1955/photo#5186635580900307234- Hubbard House]
* [http://www.hellmanwyler.com "Forest" and its connections to Demopolis, Alabama]
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