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MS Am 2796

Papers concerning the Broadway play Eugenia, 1956-1958: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2796
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Papers concerning the Broadway play Eugenia,
Date(s): 1956-1958.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: English.
Abstract: Scripts, investors' correspondence, publicity materials, and financial records for a short-lived Broadway play based on Henry James's Europeans and starring Tallulah Bankhead.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2011M-8. Purchased with funds from the Jacob Blanck Book Fund; received: 2011 July 20.

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Processed by: Melanie Wisner.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Papers Concerning the Broadway Play Eugenia, 1956-1958 (MS Am 2796). Houghton Library, Harvard University

Biographical / Historical

"Eugenia" was a Broadway play written by Randolph Carter based on Henry James's The Europeans. The play was directed by Herbert Machiz; produced by John C. Wilson in association with Donald H. Coleman and the Theatre Corporation of American (of which Coleman was president); with costumes by Miles White; lighting by Peggy Clark; production design by Oliver Smith; and C. Edwin Knill was general manager. With Tallulah Bankhead starring, the play opened in Philadelphia at the Forrest Theatre (Organization : Philadelphia, Pa.), then in New York on January 30, 1957, at the Ambassador Theatre (Organization : New York, N.Y.), where 12 performances were staged before it closed February 9.
The short run of the play, according to John C. Wilson's account sent to investors, was due in part to Tallulah Bankhead's suffering a number of injuries and illnesses before and during the play's run and in part to its mixed reviews.
In 1958, Donald H. Coleman was indicted for forgery and grand larceny in connection with co-producing another Theatre Corporation of America Broadway show, "Oh, Captain".


Organized in four series which are arranged alphabetically:

Scope and Contents

Collection includes correspondence (some concerning contracts and agreements), financial records, correspondence with potential and recruited investors, clippings chiefly of reviews of the play, programs, and two copies of the script by Randolph Carter.

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