appear to have a real university, and at a time when it has become almost impossible to maintain any standards.
[ New City]
July 9, 1946
Dear Mr. Lyons:
Kurt Weill has told me about a conversation he had with you about a possible picture production tie-up for The Playwrights' Company in California. I have been thinking for some time that it would be wise for us to produce and supervise our own pictures, and that if we could make a business arrangement with some firm in the west which gave us access to production facilities, we should be in a far better position to control what is done with our plays when they are transferred to the screen. I wonder if you would be willing to write me in some detail concerning what your firm would have to offer and how we could cooperate to make those of our plays which look like good picture properties into pictures of which we could be proud-- and at the same time retain some financial interest in them.
The most important item in any such arrangement would be the control we kept over the making of the pictures. We would want to have a free hand in choosing writers, directors and actors. And we would want to retain control of the copyrights. But I feel that some business approach is possible, and since you are on the ground and