Garden City: Published for The Theatre Guild by Doubleday, Page & Company, 1927.
First Edition. Hardcover. 7 3/8" X 5". 203pp. Orange printed paper wraps over boards, with french flaps. Heavy sunning to binding, with spine bleached, creased, and chipped. Moderate edgewear, scattered rubbing, and tears to edges. 3" closed tear to upper wrap. Lean to spine. Binding remains sound.
A scarce first edition of the play that would go on to enduring success as the George and Ira Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess. Adapted from the novel by Du Bose Heyward by the author and his wife, playwright Dorothy Heyward, this play premiered on Broadway at the Guild Theatre on October 10th, 1927 with an African-American cast at the Heywards’ insistence, which was unusual for the time period. Starring Frank Wilson, Evelyn Ellis, Jack Carter, and Rose McClendon, 62 of the 65-member cast were Black actors. The play would be further adapted in 1934 as the opera Porgy and Bess by the Gershwin brothers. Good. Item #2698