University of Delaware Library

Barry, Philip, 1896-1949.

Foolish Notion : a Comedy : production script

1945


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F941


Creator: Barry, Philip, 1896-1949.


Title: Foolish Notion : a Comedy : production script


Inclusive Dates: 1945


Extent: 1 item (170 p.)


Abstract: This production script for American playwright Philip Barry's Foolish Notion : A Comedy bears the ownership stamp of theatrical designer Jo Mielziner.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 099, F941, Philip Barry, Foolish Notion : a Comedy : production script, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Box 65, F941: Shelved in SPEC MSS 099 manuscript boxes

Location

Special Collections, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Purchase, October 2012.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, May 2013.


The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, http://www.lib.udel.edu/cgi-bin/askspec.cgi


Biographical Note

American playwright Philip (James Quinn) Barry, who was born on June 18, 1896, in New York City, had a successful career writing plays for Broadway, particularly comedies.

Written in 1945, Barry's play Foolish Notion was one of three plays, along with Liberty Jones (1941) and Without Love (1942), which reflected the author's concerns with World War II. Philip Barry had just completed a draft of a final play, Second Threshold, when he died on December 3, 1949.

Sources:

"Philip James Quinn Barry." Dictionary of American Biography (reproduced in Biography In Context). http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/bic1/ (accessed May 16, 2013).


Scope and Content Note

This production script for American playwright Philip Barry's Foolish Notion : A Comedy bears the ownership stamp of theatrical designer Jo Mielziner.

This carbon typescript is brad-bound in Brandt & Brandt Dramatic Dept., Inc. printed wrappers, with the title handwritten in pen on the cover. The title page bears a pencilled notation, "New Haven Feb 1," which suggests a traditional preview may have occurred there.

Jo Mielziner was the designer of the scenery and lighting for the opening Broadway production of Foolish Notion at the Martin Beck Theatre on March 12, 1945. Some pencil underscores early in the script are related to set and may have been made by Mielziner.


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Barry, Philip, 1896-1949.
Mielziner, Jo, 1901-1976.
Corporate Names
Brandt & Brandt. Dramatic Department.
Topical Terms
American drama--20th century.
Humorous plays--20th century.
Form/Genre Terms
Scripts (documents)
Plays (document genre)
Occupation
Playwrights.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.


Detailed Contents List

Foolish Notion : a Comedy : production script, 1945   [Box 65 F941]

1 item (170 p.)