Sunrise at Campobello


Writers: Dore Schary


Show Information

Number of Acts
Tony Award®
Best Play 1958
First Produced
Historical/Biographical, Drama
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
Various places in New Brunswick, Canada and New York., 1921-1924
Cast Size
Ideal for
Large Cast, Ensemble Cast, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes early teen, late teen, adult, child, young adult, mature adult characters


Writer, director, and producer Dore Schary was a long-time admirer of American President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and wrote Sunrise at Campobello after receiving the rights to his life story in 1957. The biographical play dramatizes Roosevelt’s life between 1921 and 1924, from when he first took ill at his family vacation home in Campobello, New Brunswick, Canada to his speech at the Democratic National Convention. The play offers an intimate portrait of Roosevelt and his family as he mounted a political comeback that would ultimately catapult him into the Presidency. Featuring dramatized versions of real historical figures and rooted in fact, it makes a valuable supplement to history lessons in the classroom. In 1960, the play was adapted into a well-received film starring Ralph Bellamy, who had previously won the Best Actor Tony Award for his role in the play.

Lead Characters

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