ReGroup Announces New Publications– Men in White, The House of Connelly, Johnny Johnson and The Case of Clyde Griffiths

Having presented 2 volumes of The "Lost" Group Theatre Plays, featuring 6 out of print or never before published plays of The Group Theatre, ReGroup will soon be publishing a new volume.
Volume 3 will contain The Group Theatre's first ever produced play THE HOUSE OF CONNELLY (also slated as the ReGroup's first production in 2014.) This gripping tale of the old South versus the new South was written by Pulitzer Prize winning author and humanitarian Paul Green. Though the play's director Lee Strasberg insisted Green write a happier ending for the play, both endings will be in the book. Green also wrote the book and lyrics for the Group's only musical, Johnny Johnson, which featured the first American score by Kurt Weill. William Ivey Long will provide the foreword for the plays, along with essay from Green scholars Margaret Bauer, Tim Carter and Marsha Warren. (ReGroup had presented both plays as sold out readings, the latter directed by Estelle Parsons and featuring company member Pete McElligott in one of Backstages most memorable performances of 2011.)
Erwin Piscator's adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's novel AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY will also be published for the first time ever. Retitled THE CASE OF CLYDE GRIFFITHS, presents the play from a sociological point of view. Presented a year before Thorton Wilder's OUR TOWN, it is hard to believe MR. Wilder wasn't influence by the structure of Piscator's play. Judith Malina, of The Living Theatre and collaborator with Piscator, will provide the introduction.
Also, ReGroup has acquired the rights to reprint Sidney Kingsley's Pulitzer Prize Winning Play MEN IN WHITE. One of The Group Theatre's earliest hits, it is the forefather of all hospital dramas. Successfully revived by the Equity Library Theatre in the 50's, ReGroup presented a pulse pounding reading of it in 2010 to much acclaim.
ReGroup was founded in 2010, not as an attempted predecessor to the Group, but as a company wanting to learn from their experiences and carry them into the future. ReGroup has been given the only exclusive rights to present many of the plays since their original productions. Since 2010, they've presented 12 fully realized, staged and costumed readings of the Group plays, including the first ever reading of Odets' THE SILENT PARTNER, this past summer at The Players Club, 5 full productions in the past year, and 10 plays back in print. The purity of their mission has given them the chance to work with such legends as Lois Smith, Frances Sternhagen, George Bartenieff and many more. The ReGroup is as 501(c)3 company lead by Allie Mulholland. Though copycat companies have since been formed, for further information on the books and the true ReGroup, please sign up for their mailing list at www.regrouptheatre.org


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