THE WHOLE WORLD PLAYS AT ACTING.

[Philadelphia: Philadelphia Theatre for Children at the Friends Neighborhood Guild, nd. but 1964]. [8] leaves, printed on rectos only. Folio (35.5 x 28 cm; 14 x 11"). Pictorial self-wrapper (with a drawing of a stage), stapled at top edge. Illustrated with photographs. Staples rusted, some damp discoloration and erosion at lower right edge, but with all faults, a good copy. Item #WRCLIT85314

First and only edition of this promotional in a format suitable for service as a prompt book as well, featuring an unattributed poem accompanied by photographs of young African American children involved in theatrical rehearsals and productions -- with the single exception of one photograph of a young African American male walking through an alley behind row houses (accompanying the lines: "And as these eager players / Leave their cramped and dreary rooms, / Shedding footprints in the street's debris ...."). The Philadelphia Children's Theatre was conceived by Christopher Speeth in 1962 and hosted by the Friends Neighborhood Guild, the nonprofit community service organization founded in 1879. By the time the Theatre was organized, and indeed, from the 1920s on, the Guild's service area was primarily African American, as were the children involved in the Theatre for Children. An analogous project, the Winchester Theatre for Children, was established in New Haven in 1962, and there was a significant degree of cross-pollination between the administration of the two groups. Among the plays produced by the Philadelphia Theatre for Children was William Butler Yeats's KING OF THE GREAT CLOCK TOWER. While there are no explicit credits included for the text or the photographs, another copy we have examined has the handwritten note: "Poem: R. Gelbspan [/] Photography: Kleinbard, Trucker." No copies of this or any other printed material relating to the Theatre turn up in OCLC searches utilizing probable search criteria.

Price: $285.00