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Nat Segaloff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813129761

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813129761.001.0001

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Four for the Seesaw

Four for the Seesaw

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(p.72) 8 Four for the Seesaw
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Arthur Penn
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Nat Segaloff

Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813129761.003.0009

After selling a story to Esquire in 1939, William Gibson felt confident enough to be able to submit a play to the Group Theatre. Although their reader Molly Day Thatcher did not see promise in Gibson's play, she saw promise in Gibson himself. As such, she suggested that Gibson work with another theater so that he would be able to learn how to write plays. Leah Salisbury was able to secure Gibson a position at the Barter Theatre where he was able to write five other works which, like the earlier play, were not produced. Gibson married Margaret Brenman, a Brooklyn College psychology major, and moved to Topeka in Kansas. When William joined the Topeka Civic Theatre's board, he caused a scandal because he submitted a play that got accepted for production, but under his brother-in-law's name. This chapter looks into how Gibson and Penn kept in touch after they had met earlier and how they had been able to work together on a play called Two for the Seesaw.

Keywords:   William Gibson, Group Theatre, Topeka Civic Theatre, Two for the Seesaw, Topeka

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