The studio-loft-apartment of Walter Owen in Lower Manhattan. Present time.
Actor Barnard Hughes was standby for this production's lead performer Henry Fonda, while simultaneously performing off-Broadway in Hogan's Goat at the American Place Theatre. Hughes only appeared in the first act of Hogan's Goat, which began at 7:00pm and ended at 8:00pm; this allowed him to arrive in time for the Generation's 8:30pm curtain at the Morosco Theatre. He went on several times for Fonda, including opening night of Hogan's Goat.