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The Speed of Darkness (play)

The Speed of Darkness is a play written by Steve Tesich.

The Speed of Darkness
Written bySteve Tesich
Lou (Joe's friend)
Anne (Joe's wife)
Mary (Joe's daughter)
Eddie (Mary's friend)
Date premieredApril 24, 1989 (1989-04-24)
Place premieredGoodman Theatre, Chicago
Original languageEnglish
SubjectVietnam veterans
SettingSouth Dakota


The play received its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, with Bill Raymond as Joe, Stephen Lang as Lou, and Lee Guthrie as Anne.

It made its Broadway premiere two years later at the Belasco Theatre on February 28, 1991, where it ran for 36 performances. Stephen Lang reprised his role as Lou, appearing along with Len Cariou as Joe, Lisa Eichhorn as Joe's wife Anne, Kathryn Erbe as Joe's daughter Mary, and Robert Sean Leonard as Mary's friend Eddie. Both Lang and Erbe received Tony Award nominations as Best Featured Actor and Actress (respectively) in a Play.

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