The Flowering Peach

N.p. N.P., Circa 1954. Draft script for the 1954 play, the last to be written and directed by Clifford Odets. Paper tabs stapled along top edge, with scene numbers written in red holograph ink indicating scenes. Title and "C. Odets" written in holograph ink on 5 x 1.5 inch card stock affixed to to top of title page with cello tape, and a secretarial annotation, "Office Copy - Oleg Lopatim," in red holograph ink on top center of title page behind title card. Bound in succeeding script are three-page "Property Plots," itemizing props for each scene. Single annotation in holograph pencil amending incorrect page number (4-20).

"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.

Inspired by the 15th century Wakefield and Chester cycle of mystery plays. 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 Odets, a humorous, modern take on the Biblical story of Noah.

Set in Noah's home on a high hillside, and on Noah's ark.

White titled self-wrappers, integral with title page, with a credit for playwright Odets. 146 leaves, with last page of text numbered "Props iii". Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Very Good plus, with first and last leaves lightly soiled with creasing and closed tears to the extremities, bound with three gold brads.


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