The Biograph Girl

The Biograph Girl

Warner Brown, David Heneker

The Biograph Girl

The Biograph Girl

Warner Brown, David Heneker


Set in the early 20th century when silent film was still a new form of media, Dorothy and Lillian Gish follow their family friend, the newly dubbed Mary Pickford, to New York City to become actresses in moving pictures. They are introduced to D.W. Griffith and he casts Lillian in his film The Birth of a Nation. The movie's lack of success forces D.W. to vow make an even bigger movie, while Lillian struggles with maintaining the image that he audiences have attributed to her. When Intolerance is also a commercial flop, D.W. urges Lillian to take an offer from another studio so that she can earn a living wage. Soon after the industry makes a huge shift with the introduction of sound in pictures, forcing every film industry member to assess their place in the business.

This British salute to Hollywood's glorious era of silent pictures is ideal for stock and community theatres. 

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  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes


  • Genre: Biography, Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Time Period: 1920s, 1910s / WWI
  • Cast Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


Warner Brown

Warner Brown is an internationally-renowned writer whose work encompasses everything from the traditional form to the radical avant garde. He has collaborated with the composers Angelo Badalamenti, Michael Feinstein, Jenny Giering, Tony Hatch, David Heneker, Gwyneth Herbert, ...
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