NATIVE SON THE PLAYBILL FOR THE ST. JAMES THEATRE [wrapper title]
by Wright, Richard, and Paul Green
[New York: Playbill, 1941. 20pp. Printed stapled wrappers. Frontispiece portrait. Black and white advertising illustrations. A few small, errant spots to wrapper, else very good. A playbill for the original run of Wright and Paul Green's adaptation to the stage of Wright's novel, staged at Broadway's St. James Theatre. Of special note is the fact that some substantial selections from the text are printed in the program (six double- column pages closely set), and a special introductory note by Wright accompanies his portrait on the first internal page. Produced by Orson Welles and John Houseman, and directed by Welles, the play opened on 24 March and closed on 28 June 1941 for a total of 114 performances -- this program announces the beginning of Saturday and Sunday matinees in June 1941, so may be a slightly altered reprinting. Canada Lee played the lead role as "Bigger Thomas," Frances Bavier played "Peggy," Everett Sloane played "Britten," and Ray Collins played "Paul Max," among others. (Inventory #: WRCLIT74486)
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