The House of Mirth

Institute History

  • 2004 Theatre Lab at White Oak


THE HOUSE OF MIRTH, Edith Wharton’s most popular novel, lends itself naturally to the stage. The story follows the fortunes of a beautiful women at the turn of the 20th Century who is torn between her attraction to the opulent upper reaches of New York society and her innate reluctance to limit herself by marrying into it. Her downfall is marked by events, characters and scenes which seem to beg to be treated musically.—Pete Gurney

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