Frank’s Home

Richard Nelson, with a special introduction by Tom Creamer
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A stunning play from one of America’s best contemporary playwrights, FRANK’S HOME is a lyrical, heartbreaking story about Frank Lloyd Wright, one of our greatest — if less than perfect — visionaries, a man who created a new architectural vocabulary but couldn’t create a home for himself and his family.

Production Info

Cast: 8 total (3 female, 5 male)
Full Length Drama (about 110 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Richard Nelson’s lean, smart, incisive FRANK’S HOME, is not the first play to tap into a hubristic but wearying architect in his waxing years, increasingly preferring buildings to people, battling against parasites, real and imagined, in an attempt to maintain and burnish is artistic legacy. Henrik Ibsen did that more than a century ago with THE MASTER BUILDER. And this drama isn’t even the first to cast Wright in such a role. But none of these previous works quite achieved what Nelson achieves here — a thoroughly invigorating, tightly focused piece of Chekhovian drama, wherein chatter about work and art, petty domestic acts and personal bickering patently fail to mask deep vulnerability, resent and existential despair. It’s a sophisticated play that reveals a lot about the architect’s lot, but it does not get stuck within those boundaries.” —Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“The theater critics, of course, will have the ultimate say on FRANK’S HOME, but for this architecture critic, the play is fascinating because it makes two long-departed architectural giants of Chicago, Wright and Louis Sullivan, come vividly to life. In doing so, the play burrows deep into the troubled souls of these two geniuses, especially Wright’s, revealing that even creative demigods possess all-too-human frailties and foibles.” —Blair Kamin, Architecture Critic, Chicago Tribune

“Nelson has a real feel for his characters’ emotional hunger and resentments … [And] the irony in Nelson’s play is as clear as a prairie vista: Wright built many houses, yet he never was able to create a secure home for himself. As he admits, he had no gift for people; he was an artist forever obsessed with a ‘moral quest’ for that abstract notion he refers to as ‘the beautiful.'” —Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times

About the Author


  • Richard Nelson

    Richard Nelson's plays include the four-play series, THE APPLE FAMILY (THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING, SWEET AND SAD, SORRY, REGULAR SINGING (Nominated for Outstanding Play in Drama Desk Awards 2014; Public Theater, 2010 – 2013), NIKOLAI AND THE OTHERS (Lincoln Center Theater, 2013), FAREWELL TO THE THEATRE (Hampstead Theatre, 2012), HOW SHAKESPEARE WON THE WEST, (Huntington Theater, 2008), CONVERSATIONS AT TUSCULUM (Public Theater, 2008), FRANK'S HOME (Goodman Chicago, Playwrights Horizons, 2007), RODNEY'S WIFE (Playwrights Horizons, 2004), WHERE I COME FROM (National Theatre Connections), MADAME MELVILLE (which ran in the West End starring Macaulay Culkin and Irene Jacob and opened in May 2001 Off-Broadway); GOODNIGHT CHILDREN EVERYWHERE (winner of Olivier Award for Best New Play, 2000), KENNETH'S FIRST PLAY (with Colin Chambers, RSC), THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA (at the RSC and the Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York), NEW ENGLAND (RSC and Manhattan Theater Club), MISHA'S PARTY (with Alexander Gelman, RSC and Williamstown Theater Festival), TWO SHAKESPEAREAN ACTORS (Tony nomination for Best Play, RSC and Broadway), COLUMBUS AND THE DISCOVERY OF JAPAN (RSC Barbican), SOME AMERICANS ABROAD (Olivier nomination, Best Comedy; RSC, Lincoln Center and Broadway), LEFT, BETWEEN EAST AND WEST (Hampstead), PRINCIPIA SCRIPTORAE (winner of Time Out Award, RSC and Manhattan Theater Club), THE RETURN OF PINOCCHIO, AN AMERICAN COMEDY, BAL, CONJURING AN EVENT, RIP VAN WINKLE, JUNGLE COUP, THE KILLING OF YABLONSKI, THE VIENNA NOTES (Obie Award). His musicals include JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD (starring Christopher Walken and Blair Brown; Playwrights Horizons, Belasco Theatre, Broadway, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, Kennedy Center, Washington; for which he received a Tony Award in 2000 for Best Musical Book), CHESS (the book for the Broadway musical), PARADISE FOUND (dir: Harold Prince and Susan Strohman), MY LIFE WITH ALBERTINE (with Ricky Ian Gordon; Playwrights Horizons), UNFINISHED PIECE FOR A PLAYER PIANO (with Peter Golub). His translations and adaptations include TYNAN starring Corin Redgrave (with Colin Chambers, RSC and West End), LOLITA with Brian Cox (National), Molnar's THE GUARDSMAN (Kennedy Center), Carriere's THE CONTROVERSY (Public Theater), Fo's ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST (Broadway), Strindberg's THE FATHER with Frank Langella (Broadway) and MISS JULIE (Yale Rep), Beaumarchais' THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (the Guthrie and Broadway); Molière's DON JUAN, Ibsen's WILD DUCK and ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, Pirandello's ENRICO IV, Goldoni's IL CAMPIELLO, Erdmann's THE SUICIDE. With the esteemed translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, he was co-translated Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Gogol's THE INSPECTOR, Turgenev's A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY and Bulgakov's DON QUIXOTE. Films: Hyde Park on Hudson, staring Bill Murray and Laura Linney (Dir: Roger Michell), Ethan Frome, starring Liam Neeson (Dir: John Madden); Sensibility and Sense, staring Elaine Stritch and Jean Simmons (Dir: David Jones). Television: The End of a Sentence with Edward Herrmann (Dir: David Jones). Radio Plays include: HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, LANGUAGES SPOKEN HERE (Giles Cooper Award), EATING WORDS (Giles Cooper Award), ADVICE TO EASTERN EUROPE, AN AMERICAN WIFE (all BBC).

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 4/16/2008
Pages 88
ISBN 9780881453591

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Playwrights Horizons, Inc. and the Goodman Theatre produced the World Premiere
of FRANK'S HOME in New York and Chicago in 2006–2007

FRANK'S HOME was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons
with funds provided by The M.E.W. Commissioning Program

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Frank’s Home is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


3/23/2016 – 3/23/2016
Indianapolis, IN