Wulp’s ‘Margery Kemp’ in New York City

Oct 21, 2017
Tony Award-winner Cynthia Nixon, whose Broadway run of “The Little Foxes” concluded this summer, starred in a staged reading of John Wulp’s The Saintliness of Margery Kempe.”

New York City — John Wulp of Vinalhaven and Perry Street Theatricals held a private staged reading of Wulp’s “The Saintliness of Margery Kempe” Oct. 20 at the Ripley Grier Studios on 8th Avenue.

The staged reading, directed by Austin Pendleton, featured Cynthia Nixon in the title role. Other performers included Pendleton, Brad Oscar, Jim Walton, Pippa Pearthree, Michael Mandell, Molly Regan, Ginger Grace and Thomas Sommo. Sommo, from Appleton, was a student at North Haven Community School, where Wulp directed productions from some 10 years.

“The Saintliness of Margery Kempe,” which Wulp staged in the 1990s on North Haven, was written during his 1951-53 term of service in the U.S. Marine Corps. It was first produced in 1957 by the Poets’ Theatre in Cambridge, Mass.; Wulp received a Rockefeller Grant for playwriting for its production. Two years later, with a vastly revised script, it was produced Off-Broadway. The Oct. 20 utilized the play as Wulp originally wrote it.

The play is based on “The Book of Margery Kempe,” considered the first autobiography in English. The full text can be read on Wulp’s website, johnwulp.com.

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