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ROGER FAWCETT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/12/1975 - HFSID 300597

ROGER FAWCETT Handwritten letter to John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World, written and signed by the actor Autograph Letter Signed: "Roger Fawcett", 1 page, 8½x11. New York, 1975, June 12. On personal letterhead addressed to "Dear Mr.

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ROGER FAWCETT
Handwritten letter to John Willis, chief editor of Theatre World, written and signed by the actor
Autograph Letter Signed: "Roger Fawcett", 1 page, 8½x11. New York, 1975, June 12. On personal letterhead addressed to "Dear Mr. Willis -," in full: "I'm finally getting around to sending information to you for Theatre World. The E.L.T. production of "Three Musketeers" has been very good to me, indeed, as I've been kept busy with commercial work - and on June 30, I leave to tour in "Kiss Me Kate" with John Rait, in which I'll play the First Gunman. Almost all my "off-Broadway" work was at Henry Street Playhouse, in the early 60's, when Equity was very generous in letting most of us work there - for peanuts or nothing - and all the dailies, etc. listed & reviewed us as "off-Broadway." (I believe Henry St. Playhouse has such a designation now, with its New Federal Theater.) I question all this because in those years, we weren't always sure of our designation; too, I thought it might be curious to see almost all one's credits (off-B'way credits, any way) listed for one theatre... Hope I haven't compounded the confusion! Sincerely". For reasons he describes in this letter, most of the off-Broadway stage credits of ROGER FAWCETT pre-date the comprehensive on-line theatrical databases now available. E. L. T. was English Language Training, which produced audio books, among other products, for learners of English. Fawcett played the role he cites here in two productions of Kiss Me Kate: a production at Playhouse in the Park (1975) and a road tour with Music Circus (1981). 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. Light wear. Otherwise, fine condition.

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