The Flowering Peach

Clifford Odets (playwright)

N.p. N.P., Circa 1954. Draft script for the 1954 play, undated, circa 1954. The last theatrical effort to be written and directed by Clifford Odets. Paper tabs stapled along top edges, with scene numbers written in red manuscript ink indicating scenes. Title and Odet’s name in manuscript ink on card stock affixed to the title page with cello tape, with a secretarial annotation noting the script as an office copy behind the card stock. Bound in before the script is a props list, itemizing props needed for each scene.

The play premiered at the Belasco Theatre on December 28, 1954, running for 135 performances, before closing on April 23, 1955.

Inspired by the fifteenth century Wakefield and Chester cycle of mystery plays, and later remade as the 1970 Broadway musical "Two by Two," starring Danny Kaye. An unusual play for Odets, a humorous, modern take on the Biblical story of Noah.

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.

[Book #149947]