The original Broadway production of "Gideon" by Paddy Chayefsky opened at the Plymouth Theater in New York on November 9, 1961, ran for 236 performances and was nominated for the 1962 Tony Award for the Best Play. See more »
"Gideon" is a wonderful play and was a memorable TV production. The Gideon of the title is an ordinary shepherd, as I recall, and when the Angel of God asks him to do something, Gideon stubbornly refuses. The play is their continuing debate on obedience versus disobedience to God, and Peter Ustinov and Jose Ferrer give superior performances. I've never forgotten "Gideon" and long to see it again. I hope it still exists in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film vault. In the 1970s, Sister Mary Corita Kent used an apt quotation from the play for one of her powerful posters: "It is Passion, Gideon, that carries a man to God, and passion is a balky beast.... Yet it inspirits man's sessile soul above his own inadequate world and makes real such things as beauty, fancy, love, and God.... Passion is the very fact of God in man that makes him other than a brute...." Ustinov and Ferrer brought their own great passion to this play and it ought to be restored (if necessary) and shown again.
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