New City November 10, 1938
Dear Mr. Brown:
You have my permission to use the plays you name at the $50 a week royalty and I hope the venture turns out well for you in case you embark on it. May I suggest that The Buccaneer is hardly up to the others in structure or quality? I should think Outside Looking In would be a better choice, but of course that's up to you.
I'm afraid it would be impossible to let you have a new play, partly because I don't know when I'll have one ready nor what it will be about, but also because a play has a better chance in New York if it tries out with the New York cast and comes into the city keyed up for the opening. There have been exceptions but it seems to be less of a gamble to go through the regular routine. It does occur to me that the three one-act plays on revolution would make an evening in the theatre and might serve you as the equivalent of a new play. Two of them, The Feast of Ortolans and Second Overture, were published in Stage Magazine; the third, The Bastion of St. Gervais, I would have to send you in manuscript. 2 You are welcome to use these if they appeal to you.
All good wishes for the festival.