By M. Barranger
From Tennessee Williams and Carson McCullers to Arthur Kopit and Brian Friel, agent Audrey wooden inspired and guided the original skills of playwrights within the Broadway theatre of her day. Her quiet decision and burning enthusiasm introduced America's most interesting mid-century playwrights to prominence and changed level historical past.
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He countered with his decision to begin with a prologue or write a long one-act for the ending and Audrey insisted, “This play has tremendous potential, but it has to be finished. It can’t end with Big Daddy’s speech. ”39 Her client balked. After she returned to New York, and many letters later, a manuscript arrived with a third act that focused on Brick and Maggie’s story. Produced by the Playwrights’ Company (Cheryl Crawford had other commitments), Brooks Atkinson ranked Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1955 as Williams “finest drama,” so “limpid and effortless” that it seemed “not to have been written.
Ten months after the successful arrival on Broadway of A Streetcar Named Desire, Summer and Smoke received a chilly critical reception at the Music Box Theatre. Margo Jones’s direction was singled out as deficient and many found the play pretentious, amateurish, and unendurably lengthy. ”36 Several years later, José Quintero’s successful revival with Geraldine Page as Alma Winemiller at the Circle in the Square supported Atkinson’s earlier assessment and reaffirmed Audrey’s belief in the delicate play.
36 Several years later, José Quintero’s successful revival with Geraldine Page as Alma Winemiller at the Circle in the Square supported Atkinson’s earlier assessment and reaffirmed Audrey’s belief in the delicate play. THE WORK SCRIPT The 1950s were years of triumphs and failures for the agent and her famous client. Audrey signed a number of writers, including Robert Anderson, Carson McCullers, William Inge, Jane Bowles, and Maurice Valency, and began the new decade with The Enchanted, The Member of the Wedding, and Come Back, Little Sheba.
Audrey Wood and the Playwrights by M. Barranger