ReGroup to Stage THE HOUSE OF CONNELLY, 1/24-2/9
Originally presented in 1931, The House of Connelly immediately propelled The Group Theatre to prominence. Directed by Lee Strasberg, the cast featured such future legends as Stella Adler, Morris Carnovsky, and Clifford Odets. In his New York Times review, Brooks Atkinson wrote that Mr. Green "has such abundant understanding, such integrity of character and such magnetism of passion that you are likely to remember the pure truth of his prose poem long after you have forgotten a thousand craftsmanlike plays about love, family and possessions. In 1934, the play was turned into the film Carolina starring Lionel Barrymore and pre-fame Shirley Temple.
The House of Connelly will run Jan 24th - Feb 9th at TBG Theatre, 312 W 36th St, 3rd floor. Shows run Mon, Thurs-Sat at 8 PM and at 3 PM on Sundays. Tickets are $18 and will be available starting in December via www.smarttix.com.
In addition to The House of Connelly, The ReGroup will be presenting free readings of two of Mr. Green's noteworthy plays. His 1927 Pulitzer Prize winner In Abraham's Bosom will be presented at 7 PM Jan 26, and his adaptation of Richard Wright's novel Native Son will be performed 7 PM Feb 2nd.
Paul Green (1894-1981) was a prolific author and civil rights activist. Besides writing the Group's first play, The House of Connelly, he also wrote their only musical, Johnny Johnson, with the first American score by Kurt Weill. (Both plays will soon be republished in The Lost Group Theatre Plays: Vol 3.) In 1927, his play In Abraham's Bosom won the Pulitzer Prize for its groundbreaking portrayal of realistic African American life in the South. Other plays of note are the stage adaptation of Richard Wright's classic novel Native Son and the longest running symphonic drama The Lost Colony (2013 TONY Award Winner for Excellence in Theatre). Besides plays, he wrote numerous short stories, novels, screenplays and essays. A lifelong civil rights activist, after his death, his friends and family established the Paul Green Foundation to continue his humanitarian work.
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