Soap

N.p. N.p., 1979-1980. Collection of two Final Draft scripts, one First Draft script, and one Revised Draft script for four episodes of the popular sitcom television series "Soap," including scripts for episodes 55, 71, 72, and 75. Scripts belonging to actor Jimmy Balo, with his name in holograph ink annotation to the top right corner of the front wrapper, and his holograph ink annotations marking dialogue to the screenplay for Episode 72. Episode 71 missing ten pages, likely as used or issued.

Created by Susan Harris, "Soap" was a parody of melodramatic daytime soap operas. The series aired 85 episodes over the course of four seasons, from September 13, 1977 to April 20, 1981, and broadcast on ABC either late at night—or not at all—by many affiliates.

"Soap" courted controversy in the early years of its broadcast for its graphic sexual content and satirical depictions of infidelity, homosexuality, and religion. ABC also found itself in a glass house with regard to its censorship concerns, as memos about the show's controversial themes and language were leaked to the press on several occasions.

Notable as an early role for actor and comedian Billy Crystal, and a milestone for subversive comedy and satire, rivaling other marginal programs at the time that are today held in high regard, such as "SCTV," "Fernwood Tonight," and its 1977 soap opera parody antecedent, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman."

Set in the fictional town of Dunn's River, Connecticut.

Episode 55:

Blue titled wrappers, noted as FINAL DRAFT on the front wrapper, dated September 19, 1979, with credits for screenwriters Susan Harris and Stu Silver. Title page present. 49 leaves, with last page of text numbered 44. Xerographic duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads.

Episode 71:

Red titled wrappers, noted as REVISED DRAFT on the front wrapper, dated July 10, 1980, with credits for screenwriters Susan Harris, Stu Silver, Dick Clair, and Jenna McMahon. Title page present, dated July 10, 1980, with credits for screenwriters Susan Harris, Stu Silver, Dick Clair, and Jenna McMahon. 57 leaves, with last page of text numbered 53. Xerographic duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.

Episode 72:

Cream titled wrappers, noted as FIRST DRAFT on the front wrapper, dated July 21, 1980, with credits for screenwriters Susan Harris, Stu Silver, Dick Clair, and Jenna McMahon. Title page present, dated July 21, 1980, with credits for screenwriters Susan Harris, Stu Silver, Dick Clair, and Jenna McMahon. 36 leaves, with last page of text numbered 42. Xerographic duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads.

Episode 75:

Pink titled wrappers, noted as FINAL DRAFT on the front wrapper, dated October 29, 1980, with credits for screenwriters Susan Harris, Stu Silver, Dick Clair, and Jenna McMahon. Title page present, dated October 29, 1980, with credits for screenwriters Susan Harris, Stu Silver, Dick Clair, and Jenna McMahon. 52 leaves, with last page of text numbered 61. Xerographic duplication, rectos only. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.


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