pressure comes not only from the necessities of the theatre but also
from an emotional cross-wise pull the task is well-nigh impossible.
Much as I sympathize with your desire to keep the play as it was I can
only say that unless we look the other way for a while and let Bob
function he'll be paralyzed entirely and the play will suffer.
You may answer that the play will suffer unless you are able to
make certain restrictions, and that may be true. One never knows
about plays, whether they'll go or why. But at this point I think you
should either turn the responsibility over to Bob entirely or take it over
yourself. The way things are going we are likely to emerge from
rehearsals with more nervous wreckage than accomplishment.
I say this quite honestly liking Sidney's play more than I like my
2 and only hoping the production will honor his memory.
Following Sidney Howard's death, Robert Sherwood attempted to revise Madam, Will You Walk? for its Playwrights' Company production, but he met
continuous opposition from Polly Howard, who wished no changes in her late
Problems remained in the script and developed in the cast, which featured George M. Cohan. When Cohan resigned during the Baltimore tryout in mid-
November, the company cancelled the production. (
T. Edward Hambleton and
produced Madam, Will You Walk? in 1953 and in 1955 the acting script was
published by Dramatists Play Service.)
87. TO VICTOR SAMROCK
[ November 7, 1939]
Do you think the enclosed might be effective as a hand-bill to be
distributed with programs? I'd be willing to begin with the opening
night of Key Largo.
McDermott gives us a rave review here.
Best to the office
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Dramatist in America:Letters of Maxwell Anderson, 1912-1958.
Contributors: Laurence G. Avery - Editor, Maxwell Anderson - Author.
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press.
Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC.
Publication year: 1977.
Page number: 96.
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