This is a vibrant discussion of Edwarde Albee's new (1963) play "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe" shortly after it opened in New York City. In closely-reasoned dispute are the play's director, Alan Schneider; and respected theater professionals Harold Clurman and Robert Brustein.
At this time Alan Schneider was a director on Broadway, as well as regional theater and off-Broadway, where he figured importantly in presenting the works of Samuel Beckett. Harold Clurman had been a founder of the Group Theater, a director of many significant plays including "The Member of the Wedding," and "Bus Stop" and was among the country's influential drama critics. Robert Brustein, also an important critic, became, soon after this discussion, professor of theater and English literature at Yale, where he founded the prestigious Yale Repertory Theater.
Edward Albee, author of the play under debate, was already well-known for "Zoo Story," "The Sandbox," and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for 1962.
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