San Francisco: The Little Fox Theatre, 1971. Vintage poster for the 1971 run of the 1963 play at The Little Fox Theatre in San Francisco.
Based on the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey, the play debuted on Broadway on November 13, 1963, starring Kirk Douglas, ran for 82 performances, and was poorly reviewed. It wasn't until the San Francisco production, directed by Lee Sankowich, and debuting in 1970, that the play would find success, running there for five years and becoming "the longest running drama in San Francisco history" (as noted on the poster, while only in its second year). That success led Sankowich and producing partner Rudi Golyn to mount a production off-Broadway, which debuted on March 23, 1971 and ran for a total of 1025 performances through September 16, 1973, first at the Mercer Arts Center and later at the Eastside Playhouse. That production starred Dan Devito as Martini, a role he would reprise for the 1975 film, and one he credits for launching his career. Sankowich would go on to direct the play numerous times throughout his career, including a 25th anniversary run in San Francisco.
14 x 22 inches, on card stock. Very Good plus, with light toning and soil.