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Theatre History

Hello Friends!

We are very pleased today because Cindy Adams, Page Six writer for the New York Post, was writing an article about Theatre History in the wake of last night’s Tony Awards .

Lo and behold! The Theatre Guild got a nod from Ms. Adams:

1918. Formation of the Theatre Guild. Also, Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House.” That’s 99 years before the Golden’s current occupants grabbed all those nominations for “Part 2.”

Click here for the full article.

99 years!  It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a century—and we are very excited about our 100th Anniversary, as there may well be a new commemorative postage stamp similar to the one to mark the 50th Anniversary of our musical Oklahoma!.

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Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Oklahoma!

After we sent out the letter from the Dramatist Guild urging you to contact the U.S. Postal Service regarding a commemorative stamp, we started reminiscing and looking through our collections of first issue stamps that we just love—and of course, why we think it’s so important for these stamps to be created!

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Of course, this is one of our favorites.  It’s kind of hard to pick A favorite, but this would be close—given our history with Oklahoma! and Rodgers & Hammerstein.  We (and by we, I mean The Theatre Guild, which at that time was under direction of Lawrence and Armina Langner and Theresa Helburn) opened Oklahoma! on Broadway March 31, 1943 at the St. James Theatre.  It ran for 5 years with over 2,212 performances—by far the most successful play of its time!

We have always loved this play—and movie!  You can watch it instantly on Amazon or to purchase it and watch it anytime, you can find it on our Amazon store!

 

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Arthur Miller Commemorative Stamp

We wanted to share with you today a letter from The Dramatists Guild of America regarding a commemorative stamp for the extraordinary Arthur Miller.  With his genius work, we feel that a centennial stamp is a great way to honor his contribution to great American theatre.

We personally love collecting commemorative stamps of theatre greats, such as Katherine Hepburn and Helen Hayes.  As such, we are urging you to take a few minutes of your time to write or email the Postmaster or The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (all of their information is in the letter below!).

 ARTHUR MILLER CENTENNIAL: ATTENTION MUST BE PAID

The Dramatists Guild of America, the national association of playwrights, librettists, composers and lyricists, is proud to support the drive to have Arthur Miller honored with a United States Postage Stamp on the 100th Anniversary of his birth, October 15, 2015. A lifetime member of the Dramatists Guild, Mr. Miller was the first playwright to win the Drama Critics Circle Award, Tony Award, and Pulitzer Prize for Drama all in the same year for DEATH OF A SALESMAN in 1949. Other Miller plays include ALL MY SONS, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, THE PRICE, THE CRUCIBLE, among many others, and no day goes by where one of his plays is not being performed somewhere in the world.

As President of PEN International, Arthur Miller was a powerful voice for free speech not only in his plays and essays but in his speeches and personal appearances. Like other Dramatists Guild members Moss Hart, Tennessee Williams, and Eugene O’Neill, who have all been commemorated with US Postage stamps, Arthur Miller is deserving of this honor. The Dramatists Guild will petition both the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee and the US Postmaster to put forward this request. The Guild also urges its members to support the effort and to encourage theatres, artistic directors, performers, designers, technicians and all the artists who work in the theatres around the country to help this remarkable American writer be properly honored for his life’s work.

Letters of support may be sent to:

The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Room 4474 EB
Washington DC 20260-0010

To contact US Postmaster Patrick R. Donahoe, e-mail can be sent to pmgceo@usps.gov
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Arthur Miller’s work was not only timely, but timeless, and his importance to our nation’s history, as both an artist and a citizen, requires proper acknowledgement on the occasion of his centennial. As he himself once wrote, attention must be paid to such a man.

The Dramatists Guild of America
1501 Broadway, Suite 701
New York, NY 10036

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