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Robert E Sherwood

ROBERT E SHERWOOD

  (1896 - 1955)

Nationality:    USA
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Robert E. Sherwood was born in New Rochelle, New York, on April 4, 1896. He graduated from Harvard University in 1918 and served with the Canadian Black Watch during World War I. After the war he wrote for Vanity Fair and Life and was a member of the Algonquin Round Table with Dorothy Parker, Harold Ross, Robert Benchley, Harpo Marx, George S. Kaufman, and Edna Ferber. In 1927 he published his first play, THE ROAD TO ROME, a successful antiwar comedy. He followed this with WATERLOO BRIDGE (1930), REUNION IN VIENNA (1931), THE PETRIFIED FOREST (1935), and the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays IDIOTS DELIGHT (1936), ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS (1938), and THERE SHALL BE NO NIGHT (1940), an account of Russias invasion of Finland. During World War II, Sherwood worked as a speechwriter for President Roosevelt and served as director of the overseas branch of the Office of War Information. His book Roosevelt and Hopkins (1948), which drew from his experiences during this period, won a Pulitzer Prize and a Bancroft Prize. After the war, Sherwood wrote the plays THE RUGGED PATH (1945) and SMALL WAR ON MURRAY HILL (1957), completed Philip Barrys play SECOND THRESHOLD (1951), and wrote several screenplays, including The Bishops Wife (1947) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), for which he won an Academy Award. He died in New York City in 1955.

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        Abe Lincoln In Illinois         Idiot's Delight         Miss Liberty         Petrified Forest, The         Reunion In Vienna         Road To Rome         Rugged Path, The         Second Threshold         Small War On Murray Hill         There Shall Be No Night         Waterloo Bridge



Abe Lincoln In Illinois

Abe Lincoln In Illinois
the play shows in a series of scenes the critical years of Lincoln's early manhood up to the moment of his election as president. We see the backwoodsman, a failure at shopkeeping, but a great favorite with friends and neighbors, slowly groping forward through the troubled years in Springfield, at last beginning to realize the great destiny before him.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning play, And one of the most famous plays in American theatre

1st Produced:
Plymouth Theatre, New York    15 Oct 1938

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1st Published:
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1939   B002CC6968

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Genre:
Biographical Drama

Parts:
Male:  25            Female:  7            Other:  of the 25 men, several bit parts and of the 7 women, 2 or 3 are minor roles

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Idiot's Delight

Idiot's Delight
A young English couple on their honeymoon, a German scientist, a French munitions magnate, the inscrutable Irene, and the vulgar but lovable American Harry Van are thrown together in a small winter resort in the Alps. For a short time they are forced to depend upon their own resources under threat of an air-raid, which at the last descends upon the few who are left. the play throws into ironic relief the individual human being who, having brought upon himself the obscene idiocy of wholesale destruction by war, wakes up to find that he can do nothing more than make a futile gesture against the forces he has set in action.

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. A fast-moving story About A group of Europeans And Americans caught in A mountain hotel on the outbreak of A world war, this remarkable play is A commentary on the greed, fear, stupidity And idealism of mankind

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (October 1, 1936)   978-0822216186

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  17            Female:  10            Other:  -

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Miss Liberty

Miss Liberty
1885. Horace a newspaper photographer bungles an assignment to photograph the Statue of Liberty and is fired. Maisie his girlfriend persuades him to go to Paris and find and photograph the model for the statue. He goes and finds Monique at the sculptor's studio. Meanwhile Maisie has persuaded a newspaper to bring Monique over for a tour of the US. Horace does not know he found the wrong model. Maisie does not know that Horace is now in love with Monique

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Music And lyrics by Irving Berlin; book by Robert E Sherwood

1st Produced:
Imperial Theatre, New York    15 Jul 1949

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Original cast recording: Columbia (4220) 1949

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Genre:
Musical

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Petrified Forest, The

Petrified Forest, The
Gabby Maple is a young girl who wants to see the world, but necessity compels her to work as a waitress in the middle of the Arizona desert. Out of the desert comes Alan Squier, a disillusioned sophisticate on his way to the Petrified Forest, which to him symbolizes self-destruction, the only answer he can find to living in a pointless world. He pauses at the restaurant to sympathize with Gabby's dreams, then decides to help her realize them by leaving her his life insurance. When the restaurant empties, gangsters, looking for a hideout, enter and take possession. Alan amuses himself by philosophizing with the criminals, who in the end oblige the suicidal Alan by shooting him. the desperadoes make their escape as Gabby contemplates the death of Alan and the fact that she'll have to bury him, where he wanted to die, in the Petrified Forest.

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1948   978-0822208891

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  18            Female:  3            Other:  of the 18 men, several are bit parts

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Reunion In Vienna

Synopsis:
Elena is married to Dr. Anton Drug, a Viennese psychoanalyst. But in the golden days before the fall of the Empire, she had a love affair with Prince Rudolf Maximilian. After World War I and the expulsion of the aristocracy, Elena developed into a responsible, mature woman, and a devoted wife. A group of her former cronies, some of whom have been living in poverty and exile, return to Vienna to attend a party to which Rudolf is (surreptitiously) invited. Elena's old friends press her to attend the party. But she refuses, saying the past means nothing to her, but Anton thinks she should go, if only to prove to herself that she has left the past behind. Rudolf, who eeks out an existence abroad as a taxi driver, arrives incognito and immediately sends for Elena. Elena arrives, and for a moment an illusion of gaiety is established. Rudolf makes violent love to Elena, she runs home, and he follows her, determined to renew their affair. But Elena, though caught in the excitement of old memories and still attracted to Rudolf, knows he belongs to the past, and her husband and the present is the better of the two. But she allows Rudolf to hide in her apartment while Anton arranges for him to escape from the country. the experiment of trying to renew a past that no longer has meaning has been successfully carried out.

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  23            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Road To Rome

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1st Produced:
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1st Published:
C. Scribner's Sons (1928)   B000880KEK

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Rugged Path, The

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Plymouth Theatre, New York    10 Nov 1945

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Second Threshold

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written by Philip Barry and Robert E Sherwood

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service Inc (January 1, 1951)   B004PIQN4A

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Genre:
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Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Small War On Murray Hill

Synopsis:
Chapman describes, "Sherwood let his frequently impish imagination toy with an item in the history booksthe one in which Mrs. Robert Murray beguiles British General Sir William Howe into tarrying in her home instead of pushing on with his redcoats and his Hessians and driving a wedge between the armies of General Isaac Putnam and George Washington. Thanks to his lady's enticements, Putnam was able to join Washington on the Harlem River under cover of night. According to Sherwood, Mrs. Murray's delaying tactics include a cocktail made of Holland gin and sherry called a stone wall, an excellent lunch prepared by a Creole cook, some intelligent conversation, a dinner featuring steamed clams, plenty of good brandy and, one suspects, finally her own beautiful self. . ."

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the last play by one of America's outstanding playwrights

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Dramatists Play Service, NY,    978-0822210467

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  8            Other:  of the 10 men, 8 are non speaking and of the 8 women, 5 are non speaking

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There Shall Be No Night

There Shall Be No Night
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. It is a proclamation of faith in the courage of free men everywhere, and the essential soundness of Democracy. the principal setting is a living-room, but there are two other, very simple bare rooms, one in a hotel and one in a small schoolhouse.

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Scribner 1940   -

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Male:  13            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Waterloo Bridge

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1st Produced:
Fulton Theatre, New York    1930

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Genre:
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Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  5            Other:  -

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