Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Street Scene written by Elmer Rice and first produced at the Playhouse Theatre in New York City in 1929

Some scenes from Street Scene  written by the American playwright Elmer Rice (1892-1967) and first produced at the Playhouse Theatre in New York City on January 10, 1929  







"Street Scene is a 1929 American play by Elmer Rice. It opened January 10, 1929, at the Playhouse Theatre in New York City. After a total of 601 performances on Broadway, the production toured the United States and ran for six months in London. The action of the play takes place entirely on the front stoop of a New York City brownstone and in the adjacent street in the early part of the 20th century. It studies the complex daily lives of the people living in the building (and surrounding neighborhood) and the sense of despair that hovers over their interactions. Street Scene received the 1929 Pulitzer Prize for Drama."

"An actual apartment house at 25 West 65 Street was duplicated for the production of ‘Street Scene’ by Elmer Rice c. 1929. Such a wonderful image, too. I love how the crowd, even the people looking out the various windows, fills out the picture frame."

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