Heartbreak House. Comedy (revival). Written by George Bernard Shaw
. Scenic Design by John Koenig. Costume Design by Millia Davenport. Directed by Orson Welles
. Mercury Theatre: 29 Apr 1938- Jun 1938 (closing date unknown/48 performances). Cast: Mady Christians
(as "Hesione Hushabye"), George Coulouris
(as "Boss Mangan"),
Did You Know?
[on Robert Ryan
] A disturbing mixture of anger and tenderness who had reached stardom by playing mostly brutal, neurotic roles that were at complete variance with his true nature.
Formerly a close friend and collaborator of Orson Welles
during their theater days, they had two fallings-out as Welles began his screen career. Welles originally planned to make his screen debut with an adaptation of Joseph Conrad
's novel Heart of Darkness, starring himself as Kurtz. Many production factors failed to fall into place by the start-of-shooting deadline that had been set by RKO ...