Langner, Lawrence, 1890-1962

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Lawrence Langner (1890-1962), playwright, author, and producer, was born in Swansea, South Wales, on May 30, 1890. He had a long and varied career in the American theater where he began as one of the founders of the Washington Square Players in 1914. In 1919 he founded the Theatre Guild where he supervised over 200 productions. Langner was also founder and Chairman of the American Shakespeare Festival. With his wife, Armina Marshall he owned and operated the Westport (Connecticut) Country Playhouse. In addition to his plays, Langner wrote several books including an autobiography, Magic Curtain . Langner was also involved in patent law and was a founder of the National Inventors Council. This interest is reflected in some of his plays and other writings.

From the guide to the Lawrence Langner papers, 1915-1962, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

Lawrence Langner (1890-1962), playwright, author, and producer, was born in Swansea, South Wales, on May 30, 1890.

He had a long and varied career in the American theater where he began as one of the founders of the Washington Square Players in 1914. In 1919 he founded the Theatre Guild where he supervised over 200 productions. Langner was also founder and chairman of the American Shakespeare Festival. With his wife, Armina Marshall, he owned and operated the Westport (Connecticut) Country Playhouse. In addition to his plays, Langner wrote several books including an autobiography, Magic Curtain. Langner was also involved in patent law and was a founder of the National Inventors Council. This interest is reflected in some of his plays and other writings.

From the description of Lawrence Langner papers, 1915-1962. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122346286

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creatorOf Theatre Guild. Correspondence with Alma Mahler and Franz Werfel, 1938-1949. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Vincent J. Donehue papers, 1946-1965 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library
referencedIn O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Eugene O'Neill papers, 1872-1970 (bulk 1930-1959) Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Abel, Walter, 1898-1987. Walter C. Abel and family papers, 1887-1963. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf G. B. SHAW PAPERS: SERIES I. Vol. XXXII (ff. 208). Correspondence with:1. ff. 1-27v. Frederick Jackson; 1910-1914. Partly copy.2. ff. 28-38. Augustus John; 1915-1944.3. ff. 39-102v. Gertrude Kingston; 1912-1916.4. ff. 103-146v. Correspondence be..., 1909-1949 British Library
creatorOf Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983. Tennessee Williams Collection, 1880-1993 (bulk 1930s-1970s). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Carlo, Monte, 1883-. Tangerine [collection : book by Philip Bartholomae and Lawrence Langner ; lyrics by Howard Johnson ; music by Carlo and Sanders in collaboration with Carle Carlton]. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn Friedman, Philip Allan. Correspondence to Philip Allan Friedman, 1952-1953. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Langner, Lawrence, 1890-1962. On to fortune! A satiric farce comedy, by Lawrence Langner and Armina Marshall. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Hepburn, Katharine, 1907-2003. Katharine Hepburn papers, 1854-1997 (bulk 1928-1994). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Eugene O'Neill papers, 1872-1970 (bulk 1930-1959). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Langner, Lawrence, 1890-1962. Lawrence Langner papers, ca. 1915-1950. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Eugene O'Neill papers, 1872-1970, 1930-1959 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Gruenberg, Louis, 1884-1964. Matinata : a one act playlet with music / [play by] Lawrence Langner ; [music by Louis Gruenberg]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Tennessee Williams Collection TXRC99-A14., 1880-1993, (bulk 1930s-1970s) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Lawrence Langner papers, 1915-1962 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Elisabeth Fraser papers, 1920-1999 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Langner, Lawrence, 1890-1962. Letter to Walter Pritchard Eaton : New York : TLS, 1922 Dec. 16. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Letters to F E Loewenstein, other than those relating to the family of George Bernard Shaw, and the drafts of two articles by him. Correspondents include Martha Beatrice Webb, wife of Sidney Webb, Baron Passfield, Edward R Pease, John Parker, MP, Gen... British Library
creatorOf Langner, Lawrence, 1890-1962. Letters to Doris Humphrey, 1944 and 1947. (5 items). New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Tennessee Williams Art Collection TXRC99-A14., ca. 1928-1980, bulk 1930s-1970s Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn American Shakespeare Theatre (Stratford, Conn.). Plays and prompt books, 1956-1982. Houghton Library
referencedIn Katharine Hepburn papers, 1854-1997, 1928-1994 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Langner, Lawrence, 1890-1962. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1915-1938. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Papers of Eugene O'Neill [manuscript], 1918-1947. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Nichols, Dudley, 1895-1960. Collection relating to Eugene O'Neill (1946-1956), and his play "Mourning Becomes Electra." Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf G. B. SHAW PAPERS: SERIES I. Vol. LXX (ff. 16). Lawrence Langner, 'St. Bernard and St. Joan’; 1924. Unpublished play. Typewritten.Lawrence Langner, of the Theatre Guild of New York: Play, 'St. Bernard and St. Joan' by Lawrence Langner: 1924: Typew..., 1924 British Library
referencedIn Robert E. Sherwood papers, 1917-1968 (inclusive), 1934-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Rattigan Papers. Vol. xxii (ff. 99). Correspondence relating to 'Love in idleness' and subsequent proposals for filming it as 'O mistress mine', 1948-1966. Telegrams and typewritten.includes:f. 2 William Frank Arthur Rattigan, CMG: Mary Herring, se..., 1948-1966 British Library
referencedIn Lillian Gish papers, 1909-1992 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Lawrence Langner papers, ca. 1915-1950 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous theatrical papers, 1673-1976. Houghton Library
creatorOf Langner, Lawrence, 1890-1962. Once married, twice shy; a comedy in three acts. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Langner, Lawrence, 1890-1962. Lawrence Langner papers, 1915-1962. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Abel, Walter, 1898-1987. person
associatedWith American Academy for Dramatic Arts corporateBody
associatedWith American Shakespeare Theatre (Stratford, Conn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Armina Marshall person
associatedWith Bennett Cerf person
associatedWith Bolton, Guy, 1884- person
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
associatedWith Carlo, Monte, 1883- person
associatedWith Donehue, Vincent J., 1915-1966 person
associatedWith Eaton, Walter Pritchard, 1878-1957. person
associatedWith Ferenc Molnar person
associatedWith Fraser, Elisabeth person
associatedWith Friedman, Philip Allan. person
associatedWith Gassner, John, 1903-1967 person
associatedWith Gilbert Miller person
associatedWith Gish, Lillian, 1893-1993 person
associatedWith Green, Abel, 1900- person
associatedWith Green, Elinor person
associatedWith Gruenberg, Louis, 1884-1964. person
associatedWith Guy Bolton person
associatedWith Helburn, Theresa, 1887-1959. person
associatedWith Hepburn, Katharine, 1907-2003. person
associatedWith Humphrey, Doris, 1895-1958. person
associatedWith Jewish Theological Seminary of America corporateBody
associatedWith Kadar person
associatedWith Langner, Armina Marshall, person
associatedWith Lawrence Langner person
associatedWith Lipsett, Charles H person
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
associatedWith Marshall, Armina. person
associatedWith McCracken, Joan person
associatedWith Miner, Worthington, 1900-1982 person
associatedWith Molnár, Ferenc, 1878-1952 person
associatedWith National Theatre Conference corporateBody
associatedWith New England Theatre Conference corporateBody
associatedWith New York Patent Law Association corporateBody
associatedWith O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. person
associatedWith Philip Bartholomae person
associatedWith Philip Bartholomew person
associatedWith Renee Gave person
associatedWith Richard Rodgers person
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
correspondedWith Sherwood, Robert E. (Robert Emmet), 1896-1955 person
associatedWith S. Rothafel person
associatedWith Swarthmore College corporateBody
associatedWith Theatre Guild. corporateBody
associatedWith Thurber, James, 1894-1961. person
associatedWith Westport Country Playhouse corporateBody
associatedWith Westport Country Playhouse (Conn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Westport Country Playhouse (Organization : Westport, Conn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983 person
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Theater--History--20th century
Theatrical producers and directors
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Theatrical producers and directors--United States--20th century--Archives
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Birth 1890-05-30

Death 1962

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