AL CARMINES - SHOW BILL SIGNED - HFSID 343781
Sale Price $108.00
The pastor and theater playwright signs this Playbill for his production "The Faggot"
Show bill signed: "Best Wishes,/Al Carmines" in blue ink. 20 pages, 5½x8½. Playbill for the production of "The Faggot" at Judson Memorial Church in New York City, April and May 1973. Signed on the cover. Reverend Alvin Allison "Al" Carmines, Jr. (1936-2005) was a key figure in the expansion of Off-Off-Broadway theatre in the 1960s. Though he showed a musical talent at an early age, Carmines studied at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, earning a bachelor of divinity in 1961 and a master of sacred theology in 1963. Carmines was hired by Howard Moody to found a theater in the sanctuary of the Greenwich Village church in conjunction with playwright Robert Nichols. He began composing and acting in 1962. Carmines taught at Union Theological Seminary and received the Vernon Rice Award for his performance and the Drama Desk Award for Lyrics and Music and was awarded the Obie award for Life Time Achievements. His 1973 musical "The Faggot" was an esteemed success which transferred from the Judson Memorial Church to the Truck and Warehouse Theatre and ran for 203 performances. Carmines found as much spiritual meaning in the theater as the church, saying "If you want to know how to live, go to church. If you want to know how your life is in its deepest roots, go to the theater." Lightly toned. Edges frayed slightly. Otherwise, fine condition.
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