[Baldwin, James. (1924–1987)] [Silvera, Frank. (1914–1970)]

"The Amen Corner" – Original Souvenir Program

New York: A Theatre of Being. 1964. Scarce souvenir program from the 1964 production of Baldwin's The Amen Corner, which would briefly transfer to Broadway the following year.  32 pp.  The cover features striking artwork rendered in yellow and black, and the program contains production photographs together with interviews of both the playwright and Frank Silvera, who directed and produced.  Light wear to spine and top edge, some toning throughout; overall fine.  10 x 12 inches (25.4 x 30.5 cm.).

"Baldwin, one of the 20th century’s leading black intellectuals, published The Amen Corner in 1954, and it was first produced over four days in May 1955 on the campus of Howard University in Washington.  But it didn’t make it to Broadway for another decade, when it eked out a run lasting only a couple of months." (The Washington Post) An equally short-lived musical adaption, Amen Corner, ran on Broadway in 1983. (19902)

Program, unsigned
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