Balm in Gilead

Friday, April 21, 2017
8:00 PM (ET)
Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater - Main Stage
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Balm in Gilead
By Lanford Wilson
Guest directed by Phil Soltanoff

Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater at Skidmore College
April 14-15 and 19-23
All shows at 8pm except Sunday matinee at 2pm


The Skidmore College Department of Theater is pleased to announce its Spring Mainstage production: Balm in Gilead. As one of the pioneer plays of the Off-Off-Broadway movement, Balm in Gilead debuted at La MaMa in New York City in 1966. In Skidmore Theater’s production, updated to the 1970s and inspired by Steppenwolf’s 1984 revival directed by John Malkovich, Balm in Gilead tells the story of the down-and-out of New York’s Upper West Side set to an iconic soundtrack of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Frank Sinatra and many other timely favorites. Taking place in a gritty 24-hour diner, Balm in Gilead exists as a moment in time in the lives of twenty-five outlandish characters, featuring an unconventional structure of overlapping scenes, the contradictory combination of the photo-realist and the abstract, and distinctly human stories of what it is to survive in a destitute world. 

FROM THE DIRECTOR: “Rumor has it playwright Lanford Wilson sat in a gritty all-night diner on the Upper West Side of mid-1960’s Manhattan – and just wrote down what he heard. The result is Balm in Gilead, one of the first plays of the Off-Off Broadway movement.  The play creates a world of lost souls: pushers and junkies, hustlers and whores – social outcasts struggling delicately and brutally on the edge of poverty.” –Phil Soltanoff

Tickets: $12 general admission and $8 for students and seniors.

Reserve seats online at or by contacting our Box Office: or (518) 580-5439.

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