August 30, 1950
Thanks for your two letters. 1 Victor called me today and we agreed on Thurs. eve next week for a dinner meeting. I've been having a rough time trying to write a play 2 and at the moment am not sure that there'll be anything of mine to put on an arena or any other kind of stage with or without financing. Still we ought to discuss the financing problem in general, and I ought to find out a few things to tell our stock-holders. My present thought is that maybe we should all leave the theatre together and try to make a living at something else. But we can discuss that too.
September 5, 1950
Dear Playwrights-- 1
I wish to plead guilty with an explanation. I have written a play, but it was not written for production in Manhattan and therefore we may not have to put it on. And since the difficulties of getting the money, the director, the theatre and the actors for a play are today almost insurmountable, no play should go into production unless the script is so convincing that it practically walks on the stage by itself. I'm not sure my play is that good. No playwright is ever sure his play is that good. He has to turn his script in and wait to see if it fights its way toward the spotlights.
Perhaps I should explain why the play was not aimed at New York. Three years ago, when I was in Greece attending the opening of