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Anna Lucasta (Original photographs from the premiere of the 1944 play)
American Negro Theatre, New York 1944 - Two vintage double weight, sepia toned photographs from the original Broadway run of "Anna Lucasta" at the Mansfield Theatre in 1944. With stamps of photographer Eileen Darby to the verso of each photograph.The story of a young woman returning home hoping to escape life as as prostitute, after being driven into that life by her overbearing, puritanical father. Yordan originally set "Anna Lucasta" in the Polish American community, completing the play in 1936. After failing to find backers, the play was adapted eight years later by American Negro Theatre head Abram Hill and director Henry Wagstaff Gribble for an all African American cast. It premiered on Broadway at the Mansfield Theatre in 1944, where it became a critical and commercial success, running for 957 performances, touring the United States and Europe, and twice being adapted into film - first a 1949 version with a white cast, directed by Irving Rapper and starring Paulette Goddard, and again as a 1957 Arnold Laven film, restoring the all African American cast and starring Eartha Kitt and Sammy Davis, Jr. The first photo shows original cast members Hilda Simms (Anna) and Earl Hyman (Rudolf, the young man who seeks to save Anna through marriage). The second features original cast member John Proctor (Stanley, one of Anna's brothers) with Letitia Toole, Frederick O'Neal, and Betty Haynes, who are were not cast in the premiere but likely replaced original cast members during the long run or as members of the touring company.Both photos 10.5 x 13.5 inches, with stamps for photographer Eileen Darby and holograph ink noting the names of the actors, the play, the American Negro Theatre, and the year 1944 on the verso. Very Good only, with light creasing, bruising and pinholes to the corners, and minor curling.
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