necessary. I asked Harold if Roger would be able to handle such a
situation, and Harold said Roger might not want to take on such a
rough assignment, but that his partner, Whitehead, would be quite
equal to it.
3 I then suggested that the Producers' Theatre have enough
interest in the Masque production to give Whitehead a voice in the
decisions. He said he would speak to Roger about it.
Levy and I are going to see Rosalind Russell tomorrow afternoon.
She may not want to do the play, but Levy is very likely to come up
with some suggestion that does work out. Once he persuades a star to
come in he may have shot his bolt and have to be replaced, but I doubt
it. I'm gambling on his turning in a first-class job the first time. With a
little steering he may [be] just the man Broadway has been waiting for.
The plans are tentatively for a November date for rehearsals.
Best to you all in the office.
Reinheimer & Irving Cohn4 represent Levy, and they'll probably want
to talk with you and Roger about his compensation. He says he'll take
the minimum, whatever that is.
Anderson had read William March novel The Bad Seed ( 1954) and begun to
outline his dramatization of it. He had also completed The Masque of Queens, and Ralph
Levy, a television director in Hollywood ( "The Burns and Allen Show," "The Jack
Benny Show," and several "Playhouse 90" productions) without previous experience on
Broadway, wanted to direct it.
Robert Whitehead, Stevens's partner in the producing organization Whitehead-
Stevens Productions. In 1953 Stevens had made an arrangement whereby the Playwrights' Company and Whitehead-Stevens could coproduce plays, and in such
cases the producer was to be known as the Producers' Theatre, Inc.
Howard E. Reinheimer, New York attorney specializing in legal matters relating
to people in the arts; and Cohn, a Hollywood theatrical agent.
Not finding an actress for Elizabeth, Anderson postponed The Masque of Queens
and devoted his time to The Bad Seed. The Masque of Queens was not produced or
published (see Catalogue, pp. 73-74).
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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: 272.
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