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Knew you won," "Well, you me It was once no time new blue go well with, to respond to: months later, "But you acknowledged took the following teach to radio with the opposite winners Terry took me been seeing moved to New through Terry York on New — . " I replaced my into the York and went at the to simply accept the fellowship. to Westport, Connecticut, to an apprentice on the Guild's rolled stated Terry. "You've weeks. " for summer time theatre; and paintings within the fall as I fellowship cash, having been en- in a playwriting seminar to be carried out via the Theatre Guild. And given that notice that nowhere not anyone had informed me approximately Flanagan's legislations, with a commence like that, in any respect within the theatre. thirteen I used to be I did not definitely sure to get Footnote to bankruptcy J: It does not Pay to teach Playwrights prior to i might been in manhattan discovery that almost all humans of the a month, who labored I made the surprised within the theatre made enjoyable Theatre Guild. You pointed out the Guild at Sardi's (shyly and proudly) and everyone died giggling. What stars baffled me approximately this was once that the laughers integrated the and playwrights, administrators and architects who have been so much im- pressed by means of the Guild's creative criteria and such a lot wanting to be eager about Guild productions. Then what was once so humorous? give some thought to the saga of the Bureau of New performs and its fellowship winners, and the playwriting seminar the Guild carried out for them. It used to be the pened in basic terms type of to the The Bureau of high-minded fiasco that can have hap- Theatre Guild. New performs have been based 365 days past and had presented fellowships that yr, giving the winners $1,500 each one and sending them on their approach. through the moment 12 months, while I used to be one of many winners, the Theatre Guild stepped in. "You're doing this Bureau of New all wrong," stated the Theatre Guild to the performs. "It's an exceptional mistake to offer funds and ship them wandering seventy five off on their younger writers personal. Playwrights need So education! this year," entire the them the money and Having hatched we are going to supply this lofty Theatre Guild, "you provide them the education. " and commendable undertaking, the Guild rounded up twelve promising younger playwrights and enrolled us in a seminar. The Guild had its personal construction and theatre on West we gath- Fifty-second road, and on a delicate September afternoon ered within the third-floor board room for our first consultation, to be performed via Lawrence Langner and Terry, the Guild's coproducers. At first look, it was once a regular board room, huge and quiet, with large home windows and a elegant mahogany board desk lengthy adequate to seat all us into silence as that regarded down people. we What gave the room its caliber, and awed took our locations on the desk, have been the faces at us from hugely framed photos at the partitions. there has been Shaw, with a pixie smile and a word scrawled around the beard. There was once O'Neill, staring somberly into house, the Lunts in a flamboyant scene from The Taming of the Shrew, Maurice Evans as rence, FalstafF, and Ethel Barrymore and Gertie legislation- and George Gershwin with the unique forged of Porgy and Bess.