[ New City]
November 20, 1951
Dear Victor-- 1
Please pass this note along to the other members of the company. We've known for quite a while that Brooks Atkinson had a lot of power, but I think this last experience of mine was a pretty complete proof that without him a serious play has no chance. Barefoot had faults, and some bad ones, but it would have been successful, or at least had a run, if Brooks had voted for it. He didn't and it had to go. A serious play is a poor gamble anyway, but from now on I'd say nobody but one of Atkinson's favorites should try a straight play on Broadway. It isn't fair to the playwright or the actors or the investors. I'm certainly no favorite of Atkinson's and I shall therefore put on no plays while he remains where he is. This means that I won't be much good to the Playwrights' Company, for I shall have to find some other way to make a living. The company has been a home to me for so long that I shall miss it and miss you all more than I can say, but there's no use evading the facts. A lot of money was lost on Barefoot and I don't want to go through another such ordeal convinced from the beginning that a lot of money will be lost again. Also I don't want to take the company through it. I want to thank you all again, more than I can say, for standing by me during the difficult days--sometimes when I was pretty difficult myself.
How this decision should affect my business relations with the