stage I naturally want you to play Joan in the picture also, and you assure me that you wish to do so, and will do so if it can possibly be arranged. In return for this assurance I give you my word that I will not put the play on the market without your consent, but will hold the rights in the hope that you and I together may be able to work out a project for producing the picture ourselves. If, during the course of the New York run of the play, or later, we agree that it is better to sell the play, then I shall be free to sell it, but not otherwise. It is also understood between us that if you are satisfied with my handling of the picture rights you will add a month of playing time to the contract you are signing with the Playwrights' Company, making the contract for eight months, including rehearsals.
Agreed to 2
[ Los Angeles, California]
May 24, 1945
Dear Bob, Sam, Elmer & John-- 1
Since I'm still working on revisions that I want to talk over with Ingrid I'm not returning quite as soon as I hoped, and I want to make one point in this encyclical argument of ours. I can't for the life of me see why Bob should regard the Playwrights' Company "as a sort of agreeable club" in case one member of the company wanted the