Grayson Hall: A Hard Act to Follow by RJ Jamison

Acting Credits

“The Stage was her kingdom.”
~ Ted Mann, Artistic Director Circle in the Square Theatre School

Acting Credits

1940s1950s1960s1970s1980s

Credits Key

Stagework= redFilm= blue | Television= green | Radioorange

As Shirley Grayson:

Year Title of Piece, Character GH played, if known.

Director and writer, theatre, dates aired or staged
1941
Man on Volcano – Student
Play by Beaumont Breustle. Neighborhood Playhouse, Philadelphia. June 1941
1942 Student Actress –Summer Stock at Sayville Playhouse, Sayville, New York (Long Island)

The BarkerCleo
Play by Kenyon Nicholson. July 20-25
What a Life! – Miss Wheeler
Play by Clifford Goldsmith. July 27-August 1
Guest in the House –
Play by Hagar Wilde & Dale Eunson. August 3 -8
Stagedoor –
Play by George S.Kaufman and Edna Ferber. August 10-18
1945 Student Actress–Hedgerow Theatre – Specific Dates unknown
The Rehearsal (Love Punished)

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

Taming of the Shrew

The Seagull

Play by JeanAnouilh.

William Shakespeare

Anton Chekov

1945
Seems Radio is Here to Stay“: Norman Corwin documentary
November 5, 1945. CBS. Recreation of 1939 progam. Lou Ashworth (assistant producer, director), Norman Corwin (writer, producer, director). [A tape recording of Seems Radio is Here to Stay is available for public listening in the Museum of Radio and Television, New York City.]
1949
The Wooden Fish –
Play by Allan Sloan. Directed by Martin Magner,WOR Transcription. Dramatization about the World Heath Association in New York.
1950
Within a Glass Bell – Adelaide Levy
Play by William Marchant. Westport CountryPlayhouse. Westport, CT.

July 24-29, 1950. 8 performances.

1951
Our Betters – Pearl Saunders, Lady Grayston
Play by W. Somerset Maughm. Directedy by Bob Brown. Yale University student production. (precise dates unknown)
1951
Lights Out: For Release Today – Laura, actress
dob: January 22, 1951
1952
Curtain Call – **
dob: February 12, 1951
The Man Who Came to Dinner – Lorraine Sheldon
Play by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman. Cape May, NJ co-star Gordon Russell
1953
G. B. Shaw’s Man and Superman– Ann Whitefield.
Equity Library Theatre production. Directedby Neal Prince.Feb 11-15-Lenox Hill Playhouse;

February 20-21, DeWitt Clinton High School(The Bronx); and

February 27-28, Bryant High School, LongIsland City.

1953
Glad Tidings – Maud Abbott
Play by Edward Mabley,

Hilltop Theater, Ellicott City-BaltimoreMaryland, June 16-21, 1953

Lakeside Summer Theatre, Lake Hopatcong,New Jersey. July 20-25, 1953.

1953
See How They Run
Lakeside Summer Theatre, Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey. August 17-22, 1953
1953
Make Momma Happy – Laura Case.
Play by George Baxt.

Lakeside Summer Theatre, Lake Hopatcong,New Jersey, August 3-8, 1953.

Played in Hartford and Philadelphia. Nov.19-Dec. 5.

1954
Understudy for Uta Hagen, The Magic and the Loss – Grace Wilson
By Julian Funt. Directed by Michael Gordon. Booth Theatre, Broadway and regional tour locations including Pittsburg, PA Nixon Theatre, April 9-May 1.
1954
The Facts of Life – Kate Morley
by John D Hess; summer previews, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pennsylvania, September 13-?
1954
Kraft Television Theatre: Charm Bracelet**
Airdate: August 11, 1954. NBC – Unconfirmed
1955
Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde – the Actress
Directed by Jose Quintero, Circle in the Square Theatre (Sheridan Square), Greenwich Village. June 27-Nov. 27 (132 performances)
1955
Goodyear TV Playhouse: The Way Things Happen**
Teleplay by George Baxt. (episode # 4.9), Airdate: Jan. 30 , 1955, NBC.
1955
Star Tonight: The Critic**
(episode # 1.24) 14 July 1955
1955
Six Characters in Search of an Author – Second Woman
Play by Luigi Pirandello. Directed by TyroneGuthrie.December 11, 1955-February 5, 1956 (57 performances).
??
The Man Who Came to Dinner – Lorraine Sheldon
Play by George S. Kaufman/Moss Hart. Cape May Playhouse, Cape May, New Jersey.
1957
Run Across the River – Sidney**
Directed by Everett Chambers. Release date, 1961-Detroit.
1958
Understying for Celest Holm, Interlock – Mrs. Price
by Ira Levin. Directed by Phillip Burton. February 6 – 8, 1954.ANTA Playhouse 245 W. 52nd St., New York, NY
1959
Aphrodite
by Louise Platt adapted from the novel by Pierre Louys. March 1959 Adelphi College on Long Island
1959
United States Steel Hour: “Wish on the Moon“**
By George Baxt. (episode # 6.23)  29 July 1959

As Grayson Hall:

1960
The Balcony – Originally ThePenitent.
Starting June 1, 1960 assumes lead role of Madame Irma.
Play by Jean Genet. Directedby Jose Quintero. March 3, 1960-December 1961. Circle in the SquareTheatre-Downtown. The Balcony was winner of 4 Obies (Off-BroadywayTheatre Awards) – Best Foreign Play, Distinguished Actor and Actress(Marchand as Irma) and Sets.
1960’s – 1970’s
Television commercials: VOTE Toothpaste, Chrysler and Singer, **
1961 Season of Summer Stock at the Hedgerow Theatre, Pennsylvania, “Off-Broadway at Hedgerow”

The Cocktail Party – Celia Copplestone
Play by T. S. Eliot, opened June 22-July 1.
Misalliance – Lina Szczepanowska.
Play by G. B. Shaw, opened July 3 – 15
The Sea Gull – Madame Arkadina
Play by Anton Chekhov, July 17-29
Camino Real – Marguerite Gauthier
Play by Tennessee Williams., specific dates unknown
Deathwatch –
Play by Jean Genet, specific dates unknown
The Changeling – Isabella
Play by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, August 14-26.
Human Voice – The Woman
Play By Jean Cocteau. August 26-Sept. 1 (one-woman performance)
1961
The Buskers – Agata
Play by Kennth Jupp. Cricket Theatre, 2nd Avenue & 10th Street.. Oct. 30–Nov. 4
1961-62
Subways are for Sleeping -Myra Blake
Directed by Michael Kidd.

Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA,

St. James Theatre. December 27, 1961 – June 23, 1962.

1961
David Brinkley’s Journal
Airdate: December 27, 1961: Program about Broadway, featuring scene from Subways are for Sleeping
1962
Satan in High Heels – Pepe
Directed by Jerald Intrator [Filmed Oct – Nov. 1960. Premiers on March 23, 1962 at the Forum in New York City.]
1962
Suspense: Snow on 66

1962
A Weekend at Gleebes
CBS Radio (dob: July 29). [A tape recording of Weekend at Glebes is available for public listening in the Museum of Radio and Television, New York City.]
1962-63
The Nurses: – **
episode and specific air date unknown
1963
The Love Nest – Crystal Seekfest.
Play by Deric Washburn at the Writers’ Stage. Directed by Michael Kahn. Jan. 25–Feb. 3
1963
How Far is the Barn – Actress
Retitling of Lawrence Riley’s, “Personal Appearance”. Hampton Playhouse, Hampton, New Hampshire. August 1, 1963–
1964
Route 66: Follow the White Dove with the Broken Wing – Mrs. Reston**
(episode # 4.20) 21 February 1964
1964
Ed Sullivan Show – **
episode and specific air date unknown.
1964
The Night of the Iguana – Judith Fellows.
Screenplay by Tennessee Williams (based on his original play), Anthony Veiller and John Houston.  Directed by John Houston. Filming September – November 1963. Special showing, Lincoln Center, NY June 30, 1964. World Premiere in Hollywood, July 1964
Miss Hall was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. 37th Annual Academy Award ceremony held on April 5, 1965 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Host- Bob Hope.
1963-64
Walk with Me – Lady
By Carl Gabler. Directed by Richard Altman, Choreography by Robert Haddad. The Actor’s Studio Playwrights Unit, Village South Theatre
1964

The Engagement
Play by Ursula Molinaro. Directed by Robert Haddad. The Actor’s Studio Playwrights Unit, Village South Theatre. (Two performances only)
1964
No Strings – Mollie Plummer
Music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers, book by Samuel Taylor. Lambertville Music Circus, New Jersey. June 23-28. Grayson’s first singing appearance.
1964
Shout from the Rooftops – Connie
Play by Jess Gregg. The Renata Theatre (East 11th Street); Oct. 28–Nov. 8 (15 performances)
1965
That Darn Cat – Margaret Miller
Directed by Robert Stevenson. Filmed –December 1964-January 1965. Opened December 2, 1965
1965
A Slight Ache – Flora
The Adjustment – Belinda Groat
Play by Harold PinterPlay by Albert Bermel. June 24 through July18. World Premiere of AdjustmentSpoleto Festival (Italy)
1965
“Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre”, Back to Back** – Miss Fitzhugh
(episode # 3.5) NBC, 27 October 1965
1966
Trials of O’Brien, A Horse Called Destiny** – Louise Malcolm
CBS, Jan. 21, 1966 Program starred Peter Falk.
1966
Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? (English title: Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?) Miss Maxwell.
Directed and Written by William Klein.UK release for the movie, only limited USArelease.
1966
The Whole Nineth Floor – Carol Beaumont
By David Phillips [pseudonym for Richard Seff], Directed by Lawrence Kasha, Playhouse on the Mall, Paramus, NJ. February 15-27, 1966. Co-star Alan Alda.
1966
Those That Play the Clowns – Frau Gerdes
Play by Michael Stewart, Virginia Theatre/ANTA Playhouse -245 W. 52nd St.NY, NY. Nov. 24, – Nov. 26, 1966, playing 3 previews and 4 performances.
1967
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Pieces of Fate Affair – Jody Moore [originally named Judith Merle]
(episode #3.23) 24 February 1967, NBC.
1967
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.:The High and Deadly Affair – Mrs. Fowler
(episode #1.28) April 4, 1967, NBC
1967-1971
Dark Shadows – Dr. Julia Hoffman, Countess Natalie Du Pres, Magda Rakosi, Julia Hoffman (houserkeeper- PT), Constance Collins.
Produced by Dan Curtis. Filmedat 433 West 53th Street, New York, NY. GH appearances – June 16,1967- March 24, 1971.
1968
End of the Road – Peggy Rankin.
Directed by Aram Avakian. Screenplay by Dennis McGuire, Terry Southern, Aram Avakian [Preview Dec 19, 1969. General release January 1970]
1969
Adam at 6 a.m. – Inez Treadly.
Directed by Robert Scheerer [Released August 1970]
1970
Night Gallery-: Certain Shadows on the Wall – Ann Brigham
(episode # 1.7) 30 December 1970
1970
“Girl Talk” – “The VirginiaGraham Show” – interview**
These may be the same show aired in different markets with different titles.
1970
Playtex commercial **
1970
House of Dark Shadows – Dr. Julia Hoffman.
Directed by Dan Curtis. [Released in 1970] Screenplay by Sam Hall and Gordon Russell.
1970
Sanka commercial**
1971
The Last Analysis – Madge.
Play by Saul Bellow. Circle in the Square. Directed by Theodore Mann. June 23-Aug. 1
1971
Night of Dark Shadows – Carlotta Drake.
Directed by Dan Curtis. Screenplay by Sam Hall.
1971

Friends and Relations:
Friends-Melba
Relations-Stephanie De Milo
Play by Eugene Yanni. 2-one act plays co-starring Madeleine Thorton-Sherwood. Provincetown Playhouse, 133 MacDougal St, New York. Oct. 14-17
1971
The Screens – Warda.
Play by Jean Genet. Directed by Minos Volonakis. Chelsea Theatre Center, Brooklyn. Nov. 30-Dec. 26
1972
Gargoyles – Mrs. Parks.
Directed by Bill L. Norton. [Made for television movie, CBS.]
1972
Search – **
Science Fiction Series; unaired episode. Co-starred Burgess Meredith and Doug McClure.
1973
All My Children** – Marge Grey.
Character introduced the week of April 16-20, 1973.
1973
Marco Polo Sings a Solo – Mrs. McBride
Play written by John GuareNantucket Stage Company (Cyrus Pierce Theatre) Nantucket, Massachusetts.Summer 1973.Staged again at WestBeth (New York City)in Jean Austin Workshop; 1974 or 75; directed by Anthony Perkins.
1973
Secrets of the Citizens’ Correction Committee – Mrs. Fugelman.
By Ronald Tavel. Directed by John Chapman.American Place Theatre at St. Clements, 111 West 46th Street. October17-26 (12 performances).
1974
Kojak –Hush Now, or You Die – Mrs. Campbell
(episode # 2.3) CBS, 22 September 1974
1974
The Great Ice Rip-Off – Helen Calso.
Directed by Dan Curtis. ABC Movie of the Week, November 6, 1974
1975
The Two Deaths of Sean Doolittle** -Rhea.
Directed by Lela Swift. [Aired on ABC-TV Mystery Movie series April 4.]
1975
What Every Woman Knows – Comtesse de la Briere.
Play by James M. Barry. Directed by Gene Feist. the Roundabout Theatre Company/Stage One, 333 E 23rd Street, May 28-July 27, 1975.
1975
Interviews:WNYC-Public Radio**WEVD-Talk Radio**
In conjunction with What Every WomanKnowsJune 30, 1975, 10:00 p.m.July 16, 1975, 12:00 p.m.
1975
The Sea – Louise.
The Manhattan Theatre Club, March 12-30 (15 performances).
1975
The Leaf People – 1st Interpreter.
By Dennis J Reardon. Directed by Tom O’Horgan. Booth Theater. 42 previews; 8 performances. Sept 12-October 26, 1975.
1976
Jack Gelber’s New Play: Rehearsal – Arlene.
Written and directed by Jack Gelber. September 28-October 4, 1976.
1977
Class of ’65 (uncredited?)**
1977
Happy End – The Fly, Lady in Gray.
Lyrics Bertolt Brecht; Music by Kurt Weill.Directed by Robert Kalfin.Off Broadway–Chelsea Theatre Center Mar.8-April 30;On Broadway — Martin Beck Theatre May 7-July10.
1977
Gazelle Boy – Delarai Eddleston.
Play by Ronald Tavel. Directed by John Dillon. The Barn Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Westport, CT, July 23 (2 performances).
1978
Ribcage-Sheryl
By Larry Ketron. Directed by Andy Wolk.Manhattan Theatre Club.May 17, 1978 (20 performances)
1979-80
Radio Voice Overs for Columbia Records-the Rolling Stones, Electric Light Orchestra, Blue Oyster Cult, Heart–
1979
Veronica’s Room – The Woman
Written by Ira Levin. Directed by Aubrey Berg. Birmingham Theatre in Birmingham, Michigan. April 12 – 21.
1980
The Suicide – Serafima Ilyinishna
Play by Nikolai Erdman. Directed by Jonas Jurasas. Oct 9, 1980 -Nov 30, 1980 ANTA Playhouse.
1981
The Chapparal Prince – Mrs. Maloney
Direct by Mike CullinghamBased on a short story by O. Henry, written by Bruce Harmon. Directed by Mark Cullingham
1982
One Life to Live – Euphemia Ralston.
Summer 1982-Spring 1983
1982
Facade– female narrator
Clarion Concert Group of Lincoln Center, August 22, 1982, Catamount Ski Center, Hillsdale, NY.
1985
The Madwoman of Chaillot – Madam Josephine.
Play by Jean Giraudoux; Adaption MauriceValency. Directed by Stephen Porter. Mirror Reperatory, Theatreat St. Peter’s. January-February 1985**Ms. Hall rehearsed and performed the previewsfor this production but left before opening on January 30 due toillness.

** indicates television/film work which is not presently available but forwhich the moderators of this Site and the compilers of this Resume wouldappreciate assistance in securing.

This list was compiled based on originalresearch by S. R. Shutt and R. J. Jamison, assisted by B. McDonough. Otherlisting utilized include – IMDB.com, IBDB.com and the Louise Lortel off-broadwaydatabase, www.lortel.org.

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