A New Kennedy Center Production
A new adaptation by Richard Nelson
Directed by Gregory Mosher
Together on stage they make magic, but behind closed doors the drama is all too real for theater's favorite newlywed acting team. Based on a 1910 comedy by Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár, The Guardsman was staged on Broadway in 1924 with real husband-and-wife acting legends Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt to great success. Called "an amusing evening's entertainment" by the New York Times, it was a smash hit--so much so that Lunt and Fontanne reprised their performances for a movie version. The story of a jealous husband who dons a silly disguise to seduce his own wife only to have his darkest suspicions confirmed, The Guardsman asks the question "where does the acting end and true emotion begin?"