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SIGNATURE ON A CARD OF THE AMERICAN NINETEENTH CENTURY STAGE ACTOR LAWRENCE BARRETT.
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SIGNATURE ON A CARD OF THE AMERICAN NINETEENTH CENTURY STAGE ACTOR LAWRENCE BARRETT.

By Barrett, Lawrence. (1838-1891). American stage actor, who worked frequently with Edwin Booth.

1884., 1884.. Fine. - A 2-1/4 inch high by 3-3/4 inch wide card is signed in black ink "Lawrence Barrett / 1884". Fine. The child of Irish immigrant parents, Lawrence Barrett [1838-1891] was raised in Detroit and made his first stage appearance in that city in 1853. His New York City debut followed in 1856. In the second half of the 1800s, he became well-known as a theatre manager and actor, appearing in Boston, San Francisco, Kansas City, Missouri and several times in London where his Cardinal Richlieu in Edward Bulwer Lytton's drama was considered his best role. He worked frequently with fellow stage actor Edwin Booth, playing Othello to Booth's Iago and Cassius to his Brutus in "Julius Caesar". Barrett then contacted Booth and proposed that they tour together in the 1887 season. They worked together for the next several years and were immensely successful, both financially and in popularity with audiences. In 1889 and 1891 each actor was present when the other became seriously ill onstage and could not finish the performance. Booth survived until 1893 but Barrett died three days after the incident.

$15.00

TYPED LETTER TO THE WIDOW OF PLAYWRIGHT ROBERT E. SHERWOOD SIGNED BY JARED A. BROWN, THE AMERICAN BIOGRAPHER OF ALFRED LUNT AND LYNN FONTANNE.
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TYPED LETTER TO THE WIDOW OF PLAYWRIGHT ROBERT E. SHERWOOD SIGNED BY JARED A. BROWN, THE AMERICAN BIOGRAPHER OF ALFRED LUNT AND LYNN FONTANNE.

By (Lunt, Alfred; and Fontanne, Lynn). Brown, Jared A. American theatre biographer. Professor of Theatre at Western Illinois University.

Macomb, IL: April 22, 1985., 1985.. Very good. - Typed letter filling an 11 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide sheet of Western Illinois University / College of Fine Arts / Theatre letterhead with a device printed in yellow at top right. The edges of the letter are very lightly creased with a tiny chip & a paper-clip mark to the top edge. Folded twice for mailing. Very good. Brown writes to Madeleine Sherwood, the widow of playwright Robert E. Sherwood. The date the letter was answered is noted in ink below the address. Jared A. Brown is writing a biography of the famous acting couple Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne and seeks permission from Mrs. Sherwood to quote from letters to the Lunts from herself and Robert Sherwood. He also asks if he may quote from Robert Sherwood's letters to others about the Lunts' activities, which appear in a book by John Mason Brown. Jared Brown offers his credentials, explaining that he is a former actor, director and playwright who is in charge of the Directing,Theatre History and Playwriting programs at Western Illinois University and is also director of the university's graduate theatre program.

$15.00

THE WOMEN OF GREEK DRAMA.
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THE WOMEN OF GREEK DRAMA.

By Young, Sherman Plato.

New York: Exposition Press, (1953)., (1953).. Very good. - Octavo, black cloth titled in gilt in a dust wrapper. The dust jacket is lightly chipped & rubbed with some soiling to its rear panel. 174 pages. Very good in a good dust wrapper. First edition.

$10.00

TWELVE GREAT ACTRESSES.
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TWELVE GREAT ACTRESSES.

By Robins, Edward.

New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, the Knickerbocker Press, 1900., 1900.. Very good. - Octavo, light green cloth titled and decorated in gilt and black on the front cover and the spine with a depiction of a stage in gilt and black on the front cover. The top edge is gilt. The covers are slightly soiled with minor wear to the head and tail of the spine. [iii], x, 446 & [2] pages, illustrated with 20 plates, including 11 photogravures, each with a tissue guard. Very good. First edition.Biographies of Sarah Siddons, Margaret Woffington, Anne Oldfield, Frances Abington, Frances Ann Kemble, "Perdita" Robinson, Rachel, Charlotte Cushman, Adelaide Neilson, Ristori, Dora Jordan, and Anne Bracegirdle.

$20.00

SIGNATURE ON A PIECE OF CARD OF AMERICAN STAGE ACTRESS MARY ANDERSON.
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SIGNATURE ON A PIECE OF CARD OF AMERICAN STAGE ACTRESS MARY ANDERSON.

By Anderson, Mary. (1859-1940). American stage actress, billed as Mary Navarro during her silent film career.

1883., 1883.. Good. - An unevenly cut piece of gray card, approximately 4 inches high by 6-3/8 inches wide, is boldly signed in black ink: "Mary Anderson / 1883".the card is unevenly darkened with a crease to the bottom edge. A strip of paper adheres to the verso where the card has been removed from an album with 2 pieces of reinforcing tape on the verso's bottom edge. Good. American stage actress Mary Anderson [1859-1940] made her debut in the role of Shakespeare's Juliet at Macauley's Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, her family's home town. Further appearances at St. Louis, New Orleans and John McCullough's theatre in San Francisco led to a contract with John T. Ford. After starring as Lady Macbeth in his Washngton theatre in 1877, she began an extensive U.S. tour, culminating with a New York engagement in Edward Bulwer Lytton's "The Lady of Lyons". She immediately became popular with the public as "Our Mary" and thereafter enjoyed a twelve-year career of unbroken success in New York and on tour. After collapsing on stage from nervous exhaustion in 1889, she retired to England, married Antonio Fernando de Navarro and started a family. She resisted encouragement to return to the stage apart from some benefit performances during World War I. Between 1912 and 1918, she appeared in a number of silent films under the name Mary Navarro.

$45.00

MONTE CRISTO, JR.: A Burlesque Melodrama in 3 Acts by Richard Henry. (Combined regular and souvenir program).
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MONTE CRISTO, JR.: A Burlesque Melodrama in 3 Acts by Richard Henry. (Combined regular and souvenir program).

By Henry, Richard.

[London]: Gaiety Theatre, [1886]., [1886].. Very good. - Octavo, softcover bound in light tan self-wrappers printed in brown. There are a few tiny, light stains to the front wrap. The contents are printed in brown & include cast lists for the play & an introductory farce plus 5 pages of ads, some of them illustrated with vignettes in brown. Stitched into the center of the program is a souvenir program containing identical text and ads but with a gilt-framed & gilt-lettered color pictorial cover depicting a man in a red silk coat holding back a curtain revealing a trio of cavorting cupids, as well as a gilt-ruled rear cover. Tipped onto the third page of the souvenir program is a notice announcing changes to the cast owing to the indisposition of 2 actors. The souvenir program is printed by Waterlow and Sons Limited. Very good. Richard Henry, the author of "Monte Cristo, Jr.", is a pseudonym credited on collaborative works by Richard Butler and Henry Chance Newton. Other works credited to "Richard Henry" include "Frankenstein, or the Vampire's Victim", a parody of Mary Shelley's novel, presented at the Gaiety Theate in 1887.The farce which precedes the main offering is "Dimity's Dilemma, A New Farce by Malcolm C. Salaman". The cast changes announced in the souvenir program necessitate the substitution of a different farce, "No. 1 Round the Corner".

$75.00

SOUVENIR PROGRAMME: 5000TH PERFORMANCE OF \
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SOUVENIR PROGRAMME: 5000TH PERFORMANCE OF "OUR AMERICAN COUSIN" (LORD DUNDREARY). Thursday Night, May 20, 1909. Majestic Theatre, Boston. Mr. E. H. Sothern as Lord Dundreary.

By (Sothern, E. H.).

Boston, MA: Libbie Printing Company, 1909., 1909.. Fine. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed brown wrappers. There is very light creasing to the bottom corner of the front cover. 3 pages plus 1 blank. Illustrated with portraits of E.H. Sothern and his father E. A. Sothern. Near fine. This souvenir program commemorates the record-breaking five thousandth performance on May 20, 1909 of a revival of English playwright Tom Taylor's comedy "Our American Cousin", more commonly known at this period as "Lord Dundreary". The character of Lord Dundreary was created by E. H. Sothern's father E.A. Sothern in a production which opened in New York at the Laura Keene Theatre in 1858 with Joseph Jefferson as Asa Trenchard. This original production was a huge success for Sothern and Jefferson and received record long runs in New York and London, and was later performed in Paris with Sir Henry Irving in the cast. E. A. Sothern presented the play almost continuously from 1858 to 1877 in America and England. The play was not produced again after E. A. Sothern's death in 1881 until his son revived it. E.H. Sothern, the program notes, "ventures to hope that a new generation may, through his recollections of his father's work, derive some entertainment from this repetition of the character created by him. E. H. Sothern's costumes and make-up were a replica of his father's in the role.The program gives a brief history of the production and lists both the original cast and the cast of the revival."Our American Cousin" is the production that Abraham Lincoln was attending when he was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington.

$75.00

TURN TO THE RIGHT. By Winchell Smith and John E. Hazzard. Gaiety Theatre. Week Beginning Monday Evening, July 23, 1917.
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TURN TO THE RIGHT. By Winchell Smith and John E. Hazzard. Gaiety Theatre. Week Beginning Monday Evening, July 23, 1917.

By (Smith, Winchell; and Hazzard, John E.)

(New York): Strauss Magazine Theatre Program, 1917., 1917.. Good. - Octavo, softcover, bound into color pictorial wrappers. The front wrap is lightly soiled & chipped. The rear wrap is is soiled & chipped with a piece out of the left edge. 24 pages. The rear wrap & the two inside wraps are illustrated with color ads for Murad Turkish cigarettes, and cosmetics. There are also numerous pictorial ads illustrated in black & white, articles illustrated with vignettes, and plans of the theatre's gallery and orchestra. There is a chip out of the front edge of the last page & the top page corners are creased. There is a light vertical crease throughout where the program has been folded. Good. The play, which opened on August 18, 1916, is produced by Winchell Smith and John L. Golden. Among the contents of the program are a chatty "Who's Who" about the cast. There are also articles on women's and men's fashions and numerous advertisements for such items as table water, white kid shoes, women's corsets, automobile tires, henna shampoo, and the New Ziegfeld "Midnight Frolic". A reminder of events out in the world is an appeal for "Our Boys in France Tobacco Fund" -- "Gun Smoke Everywhere / But Not a Whiff of Tobacco Smoke to Cheer a Soldier Up".

$20.00

AUTOGRAPH LETTER AND INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH, BOTH SIGNED BY AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHT AND FOUNDER OF THE CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE CHARLES STEPHEN BROOKS.
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AUTOGRAPH LETTER AND INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH, BOTH SIGNED BY AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHT AND FOUNDER OF THE CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE CHARLES STEPHEN BROOKS.

By Brooks, Charles S. (1878-1934). Essayist, playwright and founder of the Cleveland Play House(1915).

Cleveland, OH: circa [1930]., [1930].. Very good. - Letter penned in black ink and filling one side of an 8-1/2 inch high by 6-1/4 inch wide sheet of his cream personalized letterhead with his name and address printed at top left. Signed "Charles S Brooks". Folded twice for mailing. Together with a portrait photograph, approximately 7 inches high by 4-3/4 inches wide, inscribed and signed at top left: "for Seymour Halpern / with good wishes / Charles S Brooks". There is a piece out of the bottom right corner of the photograph, not affecting the image. Good. The letter is in fine condition. The photograph is a head-and-shoulders portrait of Brooks who is wearing a suit & tie. The letter sends the probably teen-aged Seymour Halpern somewhat curt advice on the etiquette of writing for autographs: Place sufficient postage on your letter--"yours came to me with 1 c[ent] due"; enclose an envelope addressed to yourself for your enclosure--and sufficiently stamped; "and don't thank people in advance for favours."Charles Stephen Brooks [1878-1934] was an essayist and playwright, a native of Cleveland who was a founder of the Cleveland Play House [1915] and its first president. One of the theatres in its first permanent home was named after him and at his death he was president of the Play House Foundation. He was the author of a number of books of essays and was also a playwright. "Wappin' Wharf", his pirate comedy, had received 150 presentations by 1931. During World War I he served on the House Commission gathering data for the use of the American peace delegation at Versailles.The Queens, New York Republican Congressman Seymour Halpern (1913-1997) started his political career as a campaign aide to New York's powerful mayor Fiorella La Guardia and first served in New York's State Senate for 14 years before seeking a seat in the U.S. Congress. In Albany Halpern sponsored 279 bills that became law, including measures on schools, housing, civil rights, nutrition and mental health. A Liberal, he was something of an anomaly as the lone Republican representative from New York City, and generally garnered support from Labor Unions and endorsement from the Liberal Party. Yet he never even considered switching parties as he considered membership in the Republican Party a family tradition and commitment. While he found ample time for his private pursuits, including painting and collecting autographs, he took his legislative duties very seriously. Of these, he was proudest of his co-sponsorship of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and of the original 1965 Medicare legislation.

$75.00

TWICKENHAM FILM STUDIOS PUBLICITY PHOTO OF IRISH AMERICAN STAGE AND FILM ACTRESS SARA [SALLY] ALLGOOD, INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY HER.
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TWICKENHAM FILM STUDIOS PUBLICITY PHOTO OF IRISH AMERICAN STAGE AND FILM ACTRESS SARA [SALLY] ALLGOOD, INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY HER.

By Allgood, Sara [a.k.a."Sally"]. (1880-1950). Irish American stage and film actress.

Circa [1930]., [1930].. Very good. - Sepia-toned publicity photo, 9- 3/8 inches high by 7-3/8 inch wide. Inscribed and signed "Sally" on the lower section of the photograph. The bottom corners of the photo are very slightly creased & there are 2 tiny pinholes along the top edge. Very good. A head-and-shoulders portrait of 'Sally" Allgood. Smiling invitingly with her head tilted to one side, she wears a fringed shawl around her shoulders, fastened with a jeweled broach. "Copyright The Twickenham Film Studios Ltd" is stamped on the verso.Irish American actress Sarah Allgood, also known as Sally, [1880-1950] first began to study drama under the direction of Maude Gonne and William Fay and began her career at the Abbey Theatre. By 1905 she was a full-time actress, touring England and America. Her most memorable stage performance was in Sean O'Casey's "Juno and the Paycock" [1923] at the Abbey Theatre and she was acclaimed in London when she played Bessie Burgess in O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars". She was often featured in early Hitchcock films and she settled in Hollywood in 1940 to pursue a film acting career. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role as Beth Morgan in "How Green Was My Valley" [1941].

$50.00

CONTEMPORARY DANISH PLAYS: An Anthology.

By Clausen, Sven; Munk, Kaj; et al.

Copenhagen: Gyldendal, 1955., 1955.. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed blue wrappers. There is light creasing & a few tiny chips to the corners & edges of the covers. The spine, the adjacent edges of the wraps & the top edge of the front wrap are darkened. 556 & [1] pages. Good. <p>The introduction is by Elias Bredsdorff who also supervised the translation of the plays into English.

$15.00

SIGNATURE OF ANGLO-AMERICAN STAGE ACTRESS FANNY DAVENPORT.
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SIGNATURE OF ANGLO-AMERICAN STAGE ACTRESS FANNY DAVENPORT.

By Davenport. Fanny. (1850-1898). Anglo-American stage actress.

1886., 1886.. Very good. - A slip of cream paper approximately 3 inches high by 4-1/2 inches wide is boldly signed in black ink "Fanny Davenport / 1886". The paper is mounted on a piece of card of the same size. Remnants of paper adhere to the verso of the mount & a small area of its surface is rubbed away where it has been removed from an album. The paper is slightly rippled from the mounting & there is some very light glue staining to its top right corner. Very good. <p>Fanny Davenport [1850-1898] was an Anglo-American actress, born in London and brought to the United States in 1854. She made her debut in 1862 at the age of 12, appearing as the King of Spain in "Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady" at Niblo's Garden in New York City. In 1869 she joined Augustin Daly's company and later, with a company of her own, appeared with great success in Sardou's "Fedora" [1883]. She took over emotional Sardou roles that had been originated in Europe by Sarah Bernhardt. Her last appearance was at the Grand Opera House in Chicago in March 1898, not long before her death.

$35.00

TYPED LETTER TO IMPRESARIO JAMES POND ABOUT A LECTURE SERIES SIGNED BY BROADWAY PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR S. JAY KAUFMAN.
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TYPED LETTER TO IMPRESARIO JAMES POND ABOUT A LECTURE SERIES SIGNED BY BROADWAY PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR S. JAY KAUFMAN.

By Kaufman, S. Jay. (1886-1957). Broadway producer, director and writer.

New York: December 5, 1923., 1923.. Good. - Six typed paragraphs filling most of a sheet of 11" high by 8-1/2 inch wide Evening Telegram /"Round the Town" letterhead with the Telegram's address printed at the top and a small box at top left enclosing the words "ROUND the TOWN / With S. Jay Kaufman". Signed "S Jay Kaufman". The bottom corners of the letter are darkened with the bottom right corner creased. The bottom edge of the letter is darkened, creased & lightly chipped. There is a light paper-clip imprint to the top edge together with the recipient's faded stamp and letter "L". Folded 3 times for mailing. Good. <p>Broadway producer, director and writer S. Jay Kaufman [1886-1957] replies to a letter from impresario James Pond who has proposed a lecture series. Kaufman agrees to Pond's terms for the series: "However, the one matter which isn't clear is the circulars and printed matter. Still, your letter reads that in the event of your undertaking any special mailing campaigns on my behalf, the mailing campaigns are to be mutually agreed upon before undertaking. This is satisfactory to me. On the whole I think you will find me very easy to deal with."<p>"Round the Town" was a musical revue produced by Kaufman which was due to open on May 23, 1924. Kaufman also wrote a column with the same name for the Evening Telegram.

$50.00

FABLES.
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FABLES.

By Anouilh, Jean.

Lausanne [Switzerland]: La Guilde du Livre, [1962]., [1962].. Good. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY JEAN ANOUILH - Octavo, pictorial maroon cloth titled in gilt with an image of 2 birds stamped in blind on the front cover. The bottom corner of the front cover is slightly creased & there is a small stain to the rear cover. 145 & [3] pages plus colophon. There is creasing to the bottom corners of pages 65-100 with increasingly light creasing to some additional pages. Good. <p>Hors commerce edition of this book of verse fables printed for members of La Guilde du Livre, a reprint of the 1962 edition published by La Table Ronde.<p>Inscribed in French and signed in full by the playwright on the half-title: "Pour Honoria avec l'affection d'un homme comble de boite de the et de dessins de maitre / Jean Anouilh / Noel 66". Perhaps the box of tea and the drawings of a master were a Christmas gift from Honoria to the playwright.<p>Jean Anouilh [1910-1987] was a French playwright whose career spanned five decades. Though his work ranged from high drama to absurdist farce, he is best known for his 1943 adaptation of Sophocles' "Antigone". The play was seen as an attack on Marshal Petain's Vichy government. Anouilh was one of France's most prolific writers in the postwar period. Much of his work addresses themes of maintaining integrity in a world of moral compromise.<p>Costume designer Honoria Plesch [1919-1990] was born in Berlin. In 1933, together with her brother Peter and her family, she left Germany and emigrated to England. Her most important professional assignment was as costume designer for the 1947 film "Brighton Rock" starring Richard Attenborough. Plesch was apparently Anouilh's neighbor for a time in Switzerland.<p>The text is in French.

$150.00

PIECES COSTUMEES: L'Alouette / Becket ou l'Honneur de Dieu / La Foire d'Empoigne.
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PIECES COSTUMEES: L'Alouette / Becket ou l'Honneur de Dieu / La Foire d'Empoigne.

By Anouilh, Jean.

Paris: Les Editions de la Table Ronde, 1960., 1960.. Very good. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY JEAN ANOUILH - Octavo, off-white cloth titled between raised bands on the spine with a vignette color portrait of a French army officer on the front cover. With a cream silk bookmark. The corners of the covers are very lightly creased & there is a stain to the tail of the spine. 371 pages plus a 3-page colophon. Very good. <p>First trade edition and first publication of "La Foire d'Empoigne".<p>Inscribed in French and signed in full by the playwright on the half-title: "Pour Honoria Plesch pour la nouvelle annee pour une amitie nouvelle et pour le progres du francais...amicalement / Jean Anouilh / 1er janvier 61".<p>Jean Anouilh [1910-1987] was a French playwright whose career spanned five decades. Though his work ranged from high drama to absurdist farce, he is best known for his 1943 adaptation of Sophocles' "Antigone". The play was seen as an attack on Marshal Petain's Vichy government. Anouilh was one of France's most prolific writers in the postwar period. Much of his work addresses themes of maintaining integrity in a world of moral compromise.<p>Costume designer Honoria Plesch [1919-1990] was born in Berlin. In 1933, together with her brother Peter and her family, she left Germany and emigrated to England. Her most important professional assignment was as costume designer for the 1947 film "Brighton Rock" starring Richard Attenborough. Plesch was apparently Anouilh's neighbor for a time in Switzerland.<p>The text is in French.

$250.00

LA GROTTE.
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LA GROTTE.

By Anouilh, Jean.

Paris: La Table Ronde, 1961., 1961.. Good. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY JEAN ANOUILH - Octavo, softcover bound in printed cream wrappers. The binding is lightly soiled & creased with some small stains & with the bottom edge of the rear cover chipped. The spine is darkened. 177 pages plus colophon. The page edges are slightly darkened. The top corners & edges of pages 10-16 are chipped where they have been roughly opened. Good. <p>First trade edition, with the date "12-61" on the rear cover.<p>Inscribed in French and signed in full by the playwright on the half-title: "Pour Honoria qui fournit a l'homme de la grotte, son voisin - des poissons pour la nourriture et des pots d'usage mysterieux pour sa meditation...amicalement / Jean Anouilh / Fev 62".<p>Jean Anouilh [1910-1987] was a French playwright whose career spanned five decades. Though his work ranged from high drama to absurdist farce, he is best known for his 1943 adaptation of Sophocles' "Antigone". The play was seen as an attack on Marshal Petain's Vichy government. Anouilh was one of France's most prolific writers in the postwar period. Much of his work addresses themes of maintaining integrity in a world of moral compromise.<p>Costume designer Honoria Plesch [1919-1990] was born in Berlin. In 1933, together with her brother Peter and her family, she left Germany and emigrated to England. Her most important professional assignment was as costume designer for the 1947 film "Brighton Rock" starring Richard Attenborough. Plesch was apparently Anouilh's neighbor for a time in Switzerland.<p>The text is in French.

$200.00

"JAMES B. POND PRESENTS LEIGHTON ROLLINS, MANAGING DIRECTOR THE SURRY PLAYHOUSE TALKS ON THE THEATRE, ON CURRENT PLAYS, ON PLAY GOING". An original advertising brochure promoting a series of lectures under the aegis of The Pond Bureau.
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"JAMES B. POND PRESENTS LEIGHTON ROLLINS, MANAGING DIRECTOR THE SURRY PLAYHOUSE TALKS ON THE THEATRE, ON CURRENT PLAYS, ON PLAY GOING". An original advertising brochure promoting a series of lectures under the aegis of The Pond Bureau.

By Rollins, Leighton (1900-1981).

New York: The Pond Bureau, circa [1930]., [1930].. Good. - sc - A 3-page brochure measuring 11 inches high by 8-1/2 inches wide advertising a series of lectures by the founder and director of the Surry Playhouse in Surry, Maine. Titled and illustrated in green on the front cover, with biographical and descriptive text and several "appreciation of Mr. Rollins" blurbs, including one by Daniel Frohman, printed within. There are some minor creases to the edges and a tiny piece is out from the bottom corner of the cover leaf. Good. <p>"He built his theatre on the top of a hill. In a hay field. Nineteen miles away one could see the mountains of Mt. Dessert Island rising above Bar Harbor...." -- [Quoted from the text].<p>Referring to himself as a writer, director, producer and teacher of the theatre, Leighton Rollins (1900-1981) first taught English before being engaged as the director's assistant by the Repertory Theatre of Boston. He spent some time working in New York before returning east to found one of the earliest summer stock theaters in the US in Surrey, Maine. He subsequently ran the Mount Desert Playhouse and would take his company to the Palm Beach Playhouse over the Winters. He opened the Leighton Rollins Studio in East Hampton, NY in 1934 and, 10 years later, The Leighton Rollins Theater School. He moved to Santa Barbara, California in 1948, where he continued his work in the performing arts.

$20.00

HRY OSVOBOZENEHO DIVADLA 4: SI PORADNE ZARADIT [1928]; SLAMENY KLOBOUK [1934]; NEBE NA ZEMI [1936].
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HRY OSVOBOZENEHO DIVADLA 4: SI PORADNE ZARADIT [1928]; SLAMENY KLOBOUK [1934]; NEBE NA ZEMI [1936].

By Voskovec, Jiri ; Werich, Jan [V + W].

Praha: Ceskoslovensky Spisovatel, 1957., 1957.. Good. FROM THE LIBRARY OF JIRI VOSKOVEC, SIGNED BY HIM - Octavo, tan cloth titled in gilt on the spine with the decorative initials "VW" in gilt on the front cover. With a cream silk bookmark. The binding is bumped. The spine is stained with its head chipped & frayed. There is a small, light stain to the front edge of the front cover. 349 & [2] pages. The top inner corners of the pages are lightly creased. The contents are very good. Good <p>First edition<p>This volume of three plays with an essay by Josef Trager is from the library of Jiri Voskovec, signed by him on the half-title: "J. Voskovec / NYC 1957", with a few of his pencil markings.<p>Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men".

$350.00

PEST NA OKO ANEB CAESAROVO FINALE: Pribeh o Divadle na Divadle o 19 Obrazech. Hudbu slozil Jaroslav Jezek.
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PEST NA OKO ANEB CAESAROVO FINALE: Pribeh o Divadle na Divadle o 19 Obrazech. Hudbu slozil Jaroslav Jezek.

By Voskovec, Jiri [George]; Werich, Jan.

Praha: Fr. Borovy, 1938., 1938.. Very good. - Octavo, bound in light tan cloth with the original pictorial front wrapper bound in. There is some minor staining to the upper half of the spine with some very light pink staining to the rear cover along the spine. There is a small piece out of the top corner of the wrapper with 2 short tears. 130 pages plus colophon. Illustrated with 4 black-and-white plates which appear to depict the stage settings. The flyleaf is slightly darkened & soiled with a tiny tear to its bottom edge & a piece of tape affixed to the verso. Very good. <p>Jiri Voskovec's copy signed by him in full with brief ink notations in Czech on the title page and with a few pencil markings in the text.<p>This was the last piece performed by the satiric duo known as "V + W". The striking color wrapper illustration depicts the pair side-by-side on their hands and knees in clown-like attire and make-up. The title of the work translates approximately as "Fist in the Eye or Caesar's Finale". It opened at the Liberated Theatre in Prague on April 8, 1938, directed by Jindrich Honzl. The music was composed by V + W's regular composer Jaroslav Jezek. The play begins with the interruption of a performance of "Julius Caesar" by the arrival of a bailiff named Josef Dionysos who is unaware that his name identifies him as the ancient god of theatre and wine. This encounter branches off into a series of fantastical sketches, often accompanied by songs and inspired by comedia dell'arte. It evolves into a spirited consideration of theatre and history,with the underlying conviction that history is not made by generals and dignitaries but by ordinary people and that people should be challenged to take state matters into their own hands.<p>The text is in Czech.<p>Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men".

$750.00

CAESAR: Anticka Feerie o 11 Obrazech. Hudbu Slozil Jaroslav Jezek.
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CAESAR: Anticka Feerie o 11 Obrazech. Hudbu Slozil Jaroslav Jezek.

By Voskovec, Jiri [George]; Werich, Jan.

Praha: Odeon, 1932., 1932.. Good. SIGNED BY JAN WERICH - Octavo, bound in brick red cloth with the original pictorial front wrapper by Frantisek Zelenka bound in. The spine is foxed & faded with the head & tail chipped. The corners of the covers are slightly rubbed & creased with tiny dents to their top edges. There is a small area of staining to the rear cover. 88 pages plus colophon & 3 pages of ads. The contents are very good. <p>First edition.<p>Signed in full by Jan Werich on the title page.<p>Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" has frequently been adapted to reflect the political situation in the country of its production. Here the adaptation by the satiric duo Voskovec and Werich [V + W] reflects the threats of fascist persecution and civil unrest which influenced almost all creative output in the Czechoslovakia of the 1930s. The characters of the powerful Roman dignitaries are viewed not through their successful careers but rather through their less successful private lives and human failings. According to Voskovec, Caesar does not represent any individual politcian. He is an aging man, a deceived lover and an effective soldier whose betrayal of republican principles and the bourgeois traditions of patrician morality provokes the resistance of reactionaries.<p>The music for the piece was composed by V + W's regular composer Jaroslav Jezek. The striking color wrapper illustration, signed "FZ", is by Frantisek Zelenka. Zelenka was the most influential Czech set designer of his time. In the 1930s, when he was closely associated with V + W's Liberated Theatre, his designs were particularly fresh and innovative, influenced by Surrealism, Dada and the Bauhaus. His work was later banned by the Nazis and he was put to death at Auschwitz.<p>The text is in Czech.<p>Jiri [George] Voskovec was born Jiri Wachsmann [1905-1981]. He was a much revered Czech actor and playwright. After World War 1 Voskovec appeared with Jan Werich [1905-1980] as one of a comic duo in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy. "Together with Jaroslav Jezek, the father of Czech jazz, they moulded dadaism, circus, jazz, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and American vaudeville into a new art form. They created a new form of intellectual political musical." - [Josef Skvorecky: "All the Bright Young Men and Women"]. Having created a sensation with their "Vest Pocket Revue" in April 1927, V + W were invited to join the Devetsil theatre group in May. In 1929 they renamed the group "Liberated Theatre" ["Osvobozene Divadlo"] and they took over every element of the productions. During the 1930s the productions of V + W became increasingly anti-fascist and their "Liberated Theatre" was eventually forced to close in 1938. The following year they fled to the United States. After World War 2 Voskovec settled permanently in the U.S. and Werich returned to Czechoslovakia. Both actors went on to have long careers in film, Voskovec appearing in 72 movies and Werich in more than 50. Four of their stage works were made into films: "Powder and Gasoline" [1931], "Your Money or Your Life" [1932], "Heave-ho" [1934], and "The World Belongs to Us" [1937]. Voskovec is known for his role as Juror #11 in "12 Angry Men".

$750.00

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