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GEORGE KONDOLF - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/14/1937 - HFSID 298119

GEORGE KONDOLF As Director of the Federal Theater Project for New York, he sent this TLS to writer John Charles Brownell, concerning a forthcoming production. Typed Letter signed: "George", 1 page, 8½x11. New York City, 1937 December 14.

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GEORGE KONDOLF
As Director of the Federal Theater Project for New York, he sent this TLS to writer John Charles Brownell, concerning a forthcoming production.
Typed Letter signed: "George", 1 page, 8½x11. New York City, 1937 December 14. On letterhead of the Federal Theater Project for New York, George Kondolf, Director, to John Charles Brownell, Harrison, New York. In full: "I have taken up your recent letter together with its copy of the letter you wrote directly with Mr. Freeman. Mr. Freeman is inclined to agree with you about the casting of Mississippi Rainbow and tells me that you are both planning to see a run-thru within the next day or two at which time you will go over the whole thing together. I am sure you can iron everything out satisfactorily together at that time. If not, I am sure you or Charlie Freeman will keep me informed. In the meantime, one of these days I'll be seeing you at the theatre. With kind personal regards as always, Yours". Theatrical producer George Kondolf (1900-1985) was Director of the New York branch of the Federal Theater Project from 1937 to 1939. This Project was a branch of the Works Progress Administration, a New Deal agency designed to give work to actors and writers impacted by the Depression, and at the same time provide inexpensive public entertainment. Among the playwrights who got their start with the FTP were Arthur Miller, Orson Welles, John Houseman, Martin Ritt, Elia Kazan and Joseph Losey. The Project proved very popular, but conservative critics claimed that the Project's productions had a left wing bias, and according to The Nation magazine, Kondolf - competent and energetic but less controversial than his predecessor - was appointed in part to defuse this criticism. Kondolf's later productions, independent of the FTP, included the hit comedy The Fifth Season (1953-1954). John Charles Brownell (1877-1961) was a playwright and screenwriter, the author of Broadway plays from 1909 and of several silent films. Normal mailing folds. Paperclip indentation at top left. Lightly creased. Pencil note (unknown hand) at bottom left. Otherwise, fine condition.

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