|Written by||Augustus Goetz|
|Date premiered||8 February 1954|
|Place premiered||Royale Theater, New York|
|Setting||Normandy, France. Biskra, North Africa. November 1900 - 1901|
A gay archaeologist marries partly in hope of curbing his homosexual instincts. He is unable to consummate the marriage so the pair travel from Normandy to Algeria for a honeymoon, hoping that will kindle some romance. The husband is seduced by their Arab houseboy, but this allows him to sleep with his wife, who falls pregnant.
|Character||Broadway (1954)||Off-Broadway (1963)|
|Michel||Louis Jordan||Frank Langella|
|Marcelline||Geraldine Page||Marcie Hubert|
|Bocage||Charles Dingle||Albert Ottenheimer|
|Bachir||James Dean||Richard Manuel|
|Dolit||Bill Gunn||Ric Fields|
|Dr. Robert||John Heldabrand||Tom Klunis|
|Dr. Garrin||Paul Huber||David Metcalf|
|Sidma||Adelaide Klein||Marian Carr|
|Moktir||David J. Stewart||Cal Bellini|
Jourdan and Page had very different approaches to acting which resulted in a difficult rehearsal process. James Dean's behaviour was erratic as well. At the beginning of try outs, Rose replaced Schumlin with Daniel Mann; he also wanted to fire Dean but Page insisted the actor stay.
"Dean was not very happy playing the young Arab," recalled his friend Hal Hackady later. "He didn't like the plot. I also believe he didn't like playing a homosexual on Broadway. He felt uncomfortable."
- The Immoralist at louisjourdan.net
- James Dean in New York, American Legends accessed 25 January 2014
- Paul Alexander, "The Woman who Made James Dean a Star", The Guardian 22 September 2005 accessed 25 Jan 2014