Playwrights' Company

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The Playwrights' Company, also known as the Playwrights' Production Company, was a New York City theater company formed by a group of playwrights to produce and promote their plays. Founding contributors included Maxwell Anderson, S.N. Behrman, Sidney Howard, Elmer Rice, and Robert Sherwood. Robert W. Anderson, Roger L. Stevens, and Kurt Weil later became contributing members. William Fields was the company's press representative and John R. Wharton provided legal and financial advice.

In the early years, the company only produced plays written by its members. By the 1950s, however, the bulk of the productions were by outside playwrights. Many of the shows ran on Broadway and the most successful of these had regional and national tours. Of the Playwright Company's 68 productions, some of the most notable include Abe Lincoln of Illinois (1938), There Shall Be No Night (1940), The Patriots (1943), Miss Liberty (1949) Tea and Sympathy (1953), and The Gazebo (1958). The Company disbanded in 1960.

From the guide to the Playwrights' Company records, 1938-1960, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1850-2020 (inclusive), 1936-2008 (bulk) Houghton Library
creatorOf Playwrights' Company records, 1938-1960 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Playwrights' Producing Company. Papers relating to Kurt Weill, 1938-1961. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
creatorOf Playwrights' Company. Records, 1938-1960. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Alford, Walter, d. 2003 person
associatedWith American Shakespeare Festival Theatre and Academy. corporateBody
associatedWith Anderson, Maxwell, 1888-1959. person
associatedWith Anderson, Robert, 1917-2009. person
associatedWith Behrman, S. N. 1893-1973. person
associatedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989. person
associatedWith Blitzstein, Marc. person
associatedWith Clurman, Harold, 1901-1980. person
associatedWith Cornell, Katharine, 1893-1974. person
associatedWith Cronym, Hume. person
associatedWith Ferrer, José, 1912- . person
associatedWith Fields, William person
associatedWith Fields. William. person
associatedWith Fontanne, Lynn person
associatedWith Howard, Sidney Coe, 1891-1939. person
associatedWith Kanin, Garson, 1912- . person
associatedWith Kazan, Elia. person
associatedWith Logan, Joshua. person
associatedWith Lunt, Alfred. person
associatedWith McClintic, Guthrie, 1893-1961. person
associatedWith Mielziner, Jo, 1901-1976. person
associatedWith Playwrights' Producing Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Producers' Theatre. corporateBody
associatedWith Rice, Elmer, 1892-1967. person
associatedWith Samrock, Victor. person
associatedWith Sherwood, Robert E. 1896-1955. person
associatedWith Stevens, Roger L. person
associatedWith Tracy, Spencer, 1900-1967. person
correspondedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
associatedWith Webster, Margaret, 1905-1972. person
associatedWith Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Dramatists, American
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Active 1938

Active 1960



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