This thesis is a reconstruction of the 1959 Broadway production of G. Bernard Shaw’s play Heartbreak House. The first chapter examines the world in 1959. The second chapter consists of biographies of those involved in the production. The third chapter describes the action of the play and analyzes the reasons for the directorial, design, and acting choices. The fourth and final chapter gives the critical response to the play. The paper questions whether or not the vision of the director was realized by the cast and crew, and understood by the audience. It finds that while some aspects were understood the larger political point was lost, perhaps due to conflicts backstage or to cuts made from the original Shavian script.