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JEROME "JERRY" LAWRENCE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/03/1983 - HFSID 315258

JEROME "JERRY" LAWRENCE The playwright writes to John Willis, Editor of Theatre World, saying he will be unable to attend the Theatre World Awards party due to rehearsals of his play, Mame Typed letter signed: "Jerry L", in black ink, 5¼x8. Included is the original mailing envelope. June 3, 1983.

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JEROME "JERRY" LAWRENCE
The playwright writes to John Willis, Editor of Theatre World, saying he will be unable to attend the Theatre World Awards party due to rehearsals of his play, Mame
Typed letter signed: "Jerry L", in black ink, 5¼x8. Included is the original mailing envelope. June 3, 1983. Marina Del Ray, California. In full: "Dear John Willis, Thank you, thank you for your invitation to the Theatre World Award Party. I wish I could be there to attend - mainly because I've always wanted to meet you. I am the proud and cherishing owner of a complete set of Theatre World since you have been editor - plus all the former Daniel Blum ones with the exception of Vols. 3+ 4. And I've always wanted to come to one of your Award parties. Alas, I won't be arriving in N.Y. until the 13th (for the start of MAME rehearsals with Angela). But I hope we can meet soon, soon. If you are ever on this Coast, I hope you plan to visit. (My phone here is 213-456-8495.) Don't you love my cousin, Paul Bernard and my cousin-in-law, Harry Morinsky! Best to you". Playwright JEROME LAWRENCE (1915-2004), born Jerome Lawrence Schwartz, and Robert E. Lee collaborated on 39 works, including Mame (for which Lawrence was nominated for a Tony Award in 1966), Inherit the Wind, First Monday in October and The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, during their 25-year partnership. Lawrence, who had begun his career as a reporter/editor for Ohio newspapers and was later a writer for CBS radio, was inducted into the national Theatre Hall of Fame in 1990. The Lawrence-Lee Theatre Research Institute at Ohio State honors the successful writing team. Lawrence, who idolized Henry David Thoreau, named his Malibu Beach home after the author of Walden. John A. Willis (1916-2010), active in Theatre World from the beginning, became its chief editor in 1965, holding that position until 2008. Willis is regarded as one of the foremost theatre and film historians of the 20th century. While producing (and presenting) the annual Theatre World Awards, Willis also served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Theatre World, which received its own Tony for Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Fine condition.

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