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Vol 4 of THE LOST GROUP THEATRE PLAYS is Now in Print!

The ReGroup is proud to announce that 3 more classic plays of The Group Theatre finally see publication!

Having published nine of the Group's plays to tremendous acclaim, the 501(c)(3) non-profit ReGroup Theatre announces Volume 4 is now in print. It contains Maxwell Anderson's Night Over Taos, Dawn Powell's original version of Big Night and Sidney Kingsley's Men in White. Along with the three classic plays, Vol 4 contains an essay on Big Night by Powell biographer Patricia Palermo and a new Afterword by Allie Mulholland.

The final play of the Group's first season, Night Over Taos, is Maxwell Anderson's (Pulitzer Prize Winner for Both Your Houses and the author of the acclaimed Winterset) prose drama. As one of the Group's few dramas based on actual events, their third play tells of the battle for the formation of the state of New Mexico, and the Mexican freedom fighter that resists the encroaching American attack during the Mexican-American War.

In its second year, the Group followed its dramatic indictment of the advertising industry (Lawson's Success Story) with one of their only comedies. Dawn Powell's caustic dissection of the 1920's 'Mad Men' has been published in its original version for the first time. Though The Group Theatre changed the ending to make it more uplifting, (and changed the named to Big Night from The Party) ReGroup has restored Ms. Powell's intended biting ending. In this play of "take my wife, please," Ed and Myra Bonney, who have been living beyond their means, are both challenged to see how far they will go to keep up their lifestyle when Myra's hopeful, old paramour shows up and can offer Ed a huge advertising contract - IF the price is right. While men could write 'cads' in the 1930's, Powell was nearly crucified for writing such unlikable characters.

Sidney Kingsley's Pulitzer Prize Winning Play Men in White was one of the Group's first huge hits and set the precedent for the modern medical drama. Kingsley's medical research was remarkable and specific, and that is why the audiences were so taken with this hit drama. Though medicine has changed greatly in 80 years, most of the larger issues in the play are still relevant: government takeover of healthcare, the stress put upon our young medical students, and the corporate business wheeling and dealing needed to keep the hospitals profitable.

As the fourth volume in the series, Volume I contained John Howard Lawson's Success Story and Gentlewoman along with Claire & Paul Sifton's 1931-. It includes introductions by Estelle Parsons, George Bartenieff and Allie Mulholland. Volume II contains Robert Ardrey's Thunder Rock and Casey Jones as well as Nellise Child's Weep for the Virgins with supplemental material from Group historIan Wendy Smith and both playwrights' children, Daniel Ardrey and Frank Redfield. Volume III features Paul Green's The House of Connelly as well as his collaboration with Kurt Weill, Johnny Johnson along with Erwin Piscator's The Case of Clyde Griffiths. This volume contains an intro to Mr. Green by William Ivey Long and an intro to Piscator by Judith Malina as well as essays by Marsha Warren of the Paul Green Fdtn, Margaret Bauer, Tim Carter and Allie Mulholland.

Currently, Volume IV is only available through In the near future, it will be available at select specialty bookstores and at all future ReGroup performances.

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