The Flowering Peach

Clifford Odets (playwright, director)
Gene Cook, Louis Melacon (photographers)
Barbara Baxley, Janice Rule, Menasha Skulnik, Berta Gersten, Mario Alcalde (starring)

New York: The Producers Theatre, 1954. Archive of 14 vintage photographs from the 1954 play. Eleven photographs with stamps identifying the play, two photographs with the stamp of photographer Gene Cook, and two photographs with the stamp of photographer Louis Melacon on the verso. Included is an announcement of the premiere and an invitation to the play, both on Broadway producer and publicist Barry Hyams letterhead, the latter signed by Hyams in manuscript ink, as well as a production synopsis of the play, listing cast and crew, theatre, and opening and closing dates.

Featured in the photographs are Barbara Baxley and Janice Rule, both notable actresses of the 20th century American theatre.

A modern take on the biblical story of Noah, "The Flowering Peach" premiered at the Belasco Theatre on December 28, 1954, for a run of 135 performances, closing on April 23, 1955, and featured stars of Yiddish theater Menasha Skulnik and Berta Gersten. Remade as the Broadway musical "Two by Two," in 1970, by Richard Rodgers, Martin Carnin, and Peter Stone, starring Danny Kaye. An unusual play for social realist Clifford Odets, a humorous modern take on the Biblical story of Noah. The last original play produced by the playwright.

8.25 x 10 inches. Some light rippling, one with cropping annotations in manuscript wax pencil, else Near Fine.

Announcement and invitation on Barry Hyams letterhead, 8.5 x 11 inches. Horizontal creases to both, else Near Fine.

Synopsis, 8.5 x 11 inches. Very Good, severe chipping to right edge and center horizontal crease.

[Book #148946]