A play was adapted from The Ponder Heart, which ran on Broadway from February 16, 1956, to June 23, 1956. Portraying Edna Earle Ponder, Una Merkel won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance, while Ben Edwards was nominated for a Tony Award for scenic design. The Public Broadcasting Service also adapted the novella to a television film directed by Martha Coolidge as a part of the Masterpiece series in October 2001.
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