Incident at Vichy

New York: Repertory Theatre of Lincoln Center, 1964. Archive including a Draft script and production materials for the 1964 Broadway play, copy belonging to uncredited Production Stage Manager Fritz de Wilde (Frederic Andre deWilde), with his ownership name in holograph ink and copy number "4" noted at the top right corner of the title page.

Profuse annotations in holograph pencil and ink throughout on both rectos and versos, regarding actors, understudies, dialogue, and stage direction. "Tentative Property List," carbon typescript on onionskin, dated "10/30/64," with annotations in holograph pencil, a "Provisional Cast and Understudy Assignments," carbon typescript on onionskin, dated "October 14, 1964," with annotations in holograph pencil and ink, and a cast and understudy list, ribbon typescript on onionskin, heavily annotated in holograph pencil and ink. Labeled tabbed dividers are inserted between ten scenes of the one act play, followed (in all instances but two) by a stage diagram on the verso of the following page. Laid in between pages 45 and 46 are two legal pad leaves of notes regarding scenes, characters, and dialog in pencil. Housed in a spring binder labeled "Vichy / Production Script."

The 1964 Arthur Miller play made its debut on Broadway at ANTA Washington Square Theatre on December 3, 1964, and ran for 99 performances, closing on May 7, 1965. The play was the second of five plays put on by the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, during its second subscription season (1964-1965), under the direction of Elia Kazan and Robert Whitehead. The other four plays of the season were "The Changeling" (1622) by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, "Tartuffe" (1664) by Moliere, "The Madwoman of Chaillot" (1943) by Jean Giraudoux, and "After the Fall" (1964) by Arthur Miller.

A group of mostly Jewish men are detained for "racial" inspection by Geman military officers and Vichy French police. Miller's study of guilt, fear, and complicity in the wake of the atrocities of World War II.

Set in a detention room in September 1942 in Vichy, France.

Spring binding, as originally used, with an interior green folder housing the leaves. Title page present, with credits for playwright Arthur Miller. 98 leaves, with last page of text numbered 63. Mimeograph duplication, except for page 56-A and eleven stage diagrams. Text and production documents mechanically reproduced, with some production documents ribbon typescript and carbon typescript, diagrams spirit duplication. Pages Near Fine, wrapper and spring binder Very Good plus.


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