The Rivals

Richard Sheridan (playwright)
June Shannon (adaptation)

N.p. N.p., Circa late 1950s. Ribbon copy typed manuscript for an unproduced play, with essays on the history of the project, the production, casting, and set/costume design written by June Shannon, a drama student at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. With extensive manuscript annotations in ink and pencil on virtually every page, and 15 hand painted watercolor sketches of set and costume designs.

Based on the 1775 play by Richard Sheridan. A comedy of manners set in 18th century Bath, where three suitors quarrel over the love of one woman. In this hypothetical casting, Tony-winning Broadway actor Jose Ferrer assumed the role of Bob Acres, a buffoonish country suitor to young Lydia, played by Laura Hope-Crews. The character of Mrs. Malaprop, who throughout the play uses words incorrectly, helped coin the term malapropism.

Set in France.

Black untitled wrappers. 166 leaves, with last page of text numbered 139. Typescript, rectos only. Pages Very Good plus, wrapper Very Good plus, in a spring binder.

[Book #145904]