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LEWIS B. FUNKE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/24/1975 - HFSID 302941

LEWIS FUNKE Retired from his column at the New York Times, Funke updates Theatre World editor John Willis on his activities and accepts the invitation to the annual awards party. Autograph Letter "Lew", 1 page, 7¼x10½. New York, New York, 1975 April 24.

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LEWIS FUNKE
Retired from his column at the New York Times, Funke updates Theatre World editor John Willis on his activities and accepts the invitation to the annual awards party.
Autograph Letter "Lew", 1 page, 7¼x10½. New York, New York, 1975 April 24. On personal letterhead to "Dear John", in full: "How nice to return from Florida and find that I was still remembered. The Theatre Yearbook, as usual, is a treasure. As you may know, I have continued my connections with the theatre and its doings. I give a course at Queen's College, handle public relations for the O'Neill Center in Waterford, do oral history projects for Florida State U, and my taping of actors talking about acting, etc. And, so, in addition to thanking you warmly for the book, this note also says that I am delighted to accept the invitation to the Theatre World party. Cordially". Accompanied by original envelope addressed in his hand. Lewis Funke (1911-1992) was a longtime dramatics editor and critic for the New York Times, writing a regular Sunday column, "News from the Rialto." Like John Willis, he recognized and publicized young actors and playwrights. He interviewed many theatre greats, including the Lunts, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. His Actors Talk About Acting (1961), became a standard reference book, and he co-authored a book with Helen Hayes (Gift of Joy, 1965). Theatre World, founded in 1945 by Daniel Blum, is America's oldest annual record of Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre, referenced by industry professionals, historians, students and theatre fans worldwide. Until 1998, when a separate nonprofit corporation was established, Theatre World's editorial staff bestowed the prestigious Theatre World Awards for outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts. Screen World (from 1950) and Dance World (from 1966), administered from the same office, furnished comprehensive information on those entertainment genres. 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. Normal mailing folds. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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