Life Sentences

9th November 1993

Second Stage Theatre, NY

Life Sentences was first produced at the Second Stage Theatre, New York City (Carole Rothman, artistic director and Suzanne Schwartz-Davidson, producing director) on 9th November 1993.


Burke, a literature professor at a small upstate New York college, has invited a Polish emigré novelist to give a lecture, as well as spend the night at the house he shares with his girlfriend Mia, who is some twenty years younger than Burke. The presence of this attractive foreigner exposes Burke’s and Mia’s hopes, dreams, delusions and regrets. Ironic and very funny, Life Sentences is a tale about loneliness and the hopeless struggle to know where we belong.

Life Sentences

Written byRichard Nelson

Creative Team

Director John Caird
Set Designer Thomas Lynch
Costume Designer Ann Roth
Lighting Designer Richard Nelson
Sound DesignerMark Bennett
Hair and MakeupAntonio Soddu
Associate ProducerCarol Fishman
Production Stage ManagerMarjorie Horne
Stage ManagerMark Cole
Press RepresentativeRichard Kornberg
Casting byMeg Simon (CSA)
Artistic DirectorCarole Rothman
Producing DirectorSuzanne Schwartz Davidson


Burke Edward Herrmann
Mia Michelle Joyner