Overprotective parenting and manipulative family drama is just another day at the theatre for The Silver Cord, opening off-Broadway on June 11 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s. The revival, directed by Dan Wackerman and written by Gone with the Wind's Sidney Howard, stars Dale Carman, Wilson Bridges, Caroline Kaplan, Thomas Matthew Kelley and Victoria Mark.
The Silver Cord tells the story of the sweetly tyrannical Mrs. Phelps (Carman), the "mother of all mothers" and one of the great villains in all of American drama. Pathologically devoted to her two adult sons, Mrs. Phelps is driven to new heights of manipulation and intrigue when her eldest son returns home with his new bride – a modern woman with her own career and, more importantly, her own ideas about marriage and family. Add the budding romance between the younger son and his unconventional "flapper" girlfriend and you've got the makings of an explosive Freudian melodrama.
Costume designer Gail Cooper-Hect, and set and lighting designer Harry Feiner make up the creative team for The Silver Cord.