Gilda & the childer are well. 3 We'd certainly like to have you--one or both--come to see us. It will soon I hope be warm enough for swimming. Yesterday there were seven clam diggers in front of our house--
Love to you both-- Max
[ April, 1956]
To the Members of the Playwrights' Co.
As you know the company has changed a great deal in the last few years. It is no longer an organization of playwrights but a general producing company. This change has been for the better, I think, for the company, but it has put the playwright members in a rather untenable position.
We have become a general producing company, producing plays which the playwright members don't choose, don't finance, don't control and often don't like. My name shouldn't be on the office stationery. I have no part in the business except a nominal one.
I have listened, several times, to Elmer's analysis of how a member playwright is penalized for belonging--and I'm inclined to agree with him. Outside playwrights can present their plays to many managers. We can't because it's assumed that when our home company has turned a script down it's not worth producing--which is not always true. 1 As we all know a play makes the rounds of many offices in search of an enthusiastic producer, and doesn't get on till it finds one. Our right to production amounts in practice to nothing, for no playwright wants to be produced by a reluctant manager. It's better to let the play rot than to go on half-heartedly.
It may be that, because it broke with this tradition, and because