I hope you won't think me captious or arbitrary in any of these matters. I have high hopes for both of us in this venture. If things go as well as they may we could begin to see our way toward a much more national theatre. And if this production succeeds other playwrights will want to try similar ventures. Some have already said as much to me. They'll all be watching results.
June 16, 1942
Looking over my play 1 yesterday I decided I didn't want to show the last scene to you the way it is. On the other hand I wanted you to have some notion of what the play would be like, and so I'm sending you the first ten scenes. The eleventh and last will follow as soon as I complete the revisions, which should be within a week. If you can go ahead with your plans on the basis of what's enclosed, please do so. The last scene is not difficult. I merely want to do it another way.
I'm inclined to think you're right about revisions, and it will be a great relief to me if you will take care of requests to be allowed to make them. Also the ten per cent charge for handling the play is reasonable. There are two or three matters I want to ask you about--or propose. One is cooperation between you and Barrett Clark2 to the extent that he can offer the play to groups that do not compete with yours. I know this may require some working out, but if