A Woman Without A Name

Adrienne Thompson in the 1985 Denver Theatre Company production

A Woman Without a Name is the theatrical adaptation of Romulus Linney’s 1964 novel Slowly, By Thy Hand Unfurled.  The play was written almost twenty years later, in 1982.  Linney created the story of a nameless woman searching and struggling in her life in a small American town at the turn of the 20th Century. 

Kathleen Chalfant in the 1985 Denver Theatre Company production

The audience sees Woman develop her writing skills while dealing with the deaths of her children, and other troubles in her life.  In a 2001 interview, Linney spoke about how Woman “saves her life by teaching herself to write.” He later developed a one woman version of the play entitled Silver River.