scene 4: Charleston crown-actor Jack Carter-rushes out into the storm to save Clara.)
("Porgy" was the basis for George Gershwin's 1935 opera, "Porgy and Bess.")
(Nina Leeds Evans-Lynn Fontanne-has a child by a man other than her husband because of the threat of inherited insanity. Here, she is dismayed at the hatred her son Gordon-Charles Walters-feels for his real father-Glenn Anders.) This play was celebrated for the spoken stream of consciousness of all the characters, including the 11 year old boy. There were 9 acts, with a one hour dinner intermission after Act 5. Pulitzer Prize winner 1927/ 28.
THE FIRST PRODUCTION OF THE NEWLY FORMED GROUP THEATER. DIRECTED BY LEE STRASBERG. CAST: MORRIS CARNOVSKY, MARY MORRIS, EUNICE STODDARD, STELLA ADLER, FRANCHOT TONE. The original ending of the play was changed from a grim one to one that implied the possibility of social regeneration. This play rehearsed for 12 weeks!
Featured an all African American cast, which Virgil Thomson has to fight for at the time. (featured from left to right: Bruce Howard, Edward Matthews, and Beatrice Robinson-Wayne.) The longest continuous run of an American Opera up to its time.
Gold Eagle Guy by Melvin Levy. Morosco Theater, 1934. THE GROUP THEATER, DIRECTED BY LEE STRASBERG, DANCE INSTRUCTION BY HELEN TAMIRIS. CAST: MORRIS CARNOVSKY, STELLA ADLER, WALTER COY, RUSSELL COLLINS.