Michael Wager Biography (1925-)

Born Emanuel Weisgal, April 29, 1925, in New York, NY; son of Meyer W. and Shirley (Hirshfeld) Weisgal; married Mary Jo Van Ingen, December 21, 1948 (divorced, 1955); married Susan Blanchard Fonda, June 9, 1962 (divorced); children: (first marriage) one daughter; (second marriage) one son. Addresses:OFFICE--126 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. HOME--Painter Hill Road, Roxbury, CT.

Favorite roles: Dauphin in Saint Joan; Prince Hal in Henry IV, Part I; Andreiin The Three Sisters; Mesa in Noontide.

Birth Details
April 29, 1925
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits
  • STAGE DEBUT--Boy, The Shoemaker's Prodigious Wife, Harvard Dramatic Club,Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 1941.
  • BROADWAY DEBUT--Young collector, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 1949.
  • Castro, The Girl of the Golden West, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 1947.
  • Henry, The Skin of Our Teeth, Westport Country Playhouse, 1948.
  • Adolphus Cusins, Major Barbara, O'Connor, Shadow and Substance, both Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 1948.
  • Julian, Martine, Lenox Hill Playhouse, New York City, 1949.
  • Peter Mitchell, The Small Hours, National Theatre, New York City, 1951.
  • Vernon Kinswood, Bernardine, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1952.
  • Lorenzo, The Merchant of Venice, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1953.
  • Bentley Summerhays, Misalliance, City Center Theatre, then Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, both 1953.
  • Wilbur Fifield, The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker, Coronet Theatre, New YorkCity, 1953.
  • Roderigo, Othello, Prince Hal, Henry IV, Part I, both City Center Theatre, 1955.
  • son, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1955.
  • Dauphin, Saint Joan, Phoenix Theatre, then Coronet Theatre, New York City, both 1956.
  • Hermes, Prometheus Bound, Theatre of Herodus Atticus, Athens, Greece, 1957.
  • Shendi, The Firstborn, Coronet Theatre, then Habimah Theatre, Tel Aviv, Israel, both 1958.
  • Nick, The Deserters, Theatre Royal, Brighton, U.K., 1958.
  • Sir Andrew Auguecheek, Twelfth Night, Malcolm, Macbeth, both Cambridge Drama Festival, Cambridge, MA, 1959.
  • Sasha, The Cradle Will Rock, New York City Opera Company, City Center Theatre, 1960.
  • Mesa, Noontide, Marquee Theatre, New York City, 1961.
  • Andrei, The Three Sisters, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1964.
  • Benya Crick, Sunset, 81st Street Theatre, New York City, 1966.
  • Charles Bodie, The Penny Friend, Stage 73, New York City, 1966.
  • Carlos, The Cuban Thing, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1968.
  • Ferdinand Gadd, Trelawny of The Wells, Public Theatre, New York City, 1970.
  • Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1972.
  • John Dickinson, 1776, Paper Mill Playhouse, Milburn, NJ, 1974.
  • Thesee, Syllabaire pour Phedre, Metropolitan Opera House, New York City,1974.
  • William Burroughs, Visions of Kerouac, Lions Theatre Club, New York City,1977.
  • Buckingham, Richard III, Actors Studio, New York City, 1978.
  • Trigorin, The Seagull, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1979.
  • Carl "Cubby" Steinbeck, Rhinestone, Richard Allen Center, New York City,1982.
  • Also appeared in Brecht on Brecht, Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1962; Marc Blitzstein Memorial Concert, Philharmonic Hall, New York City, 1964; TheInterview, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh, PA, 1976; Songs at Twilight, LaMama Experimental Theatre Club, New York City, 1977; and as speaker, OedipusRex (opera), Boston Symphony Orchestra; narrator, Historie du Soldat, ChamberMusic Society of Lincoln Center, New York City; and as narrator, Lelio.
  • Director, Brecht on Brecht, Washington Theatre Club, Washington, DC, 1963.
  • producer, Where's Daddy?, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1966.
  • director, Nag's Head, New Theatre, New York City, 1969.
  • Also stage director, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 1947- 48.
  • Credits; MAJOR TOURS
  • Young collector, A Streetcar Named Desire, U.S. cities, 1950.
  • James Browne, The Dream, U.S. cities, 1977.
  • Also toured with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Israeli and German cities, 1978.
  • FILM DEBUT--Allen Goodman, Hill 24 Does Not Answer, 1954.
  • David Ben Ami, Exodus, United Artists, 1960.
  • Thomas, King of Kings, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1961.
  • Blind lover, Mr. Om, NBC, 1948.
  • Writings;PLAYS
  • (Co-adaptor with Sir Tyrone Guthrie) Six Characters in Search of an Author, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1955.

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