From Tennessee Williams and Carson McCullers to Arthur Kopit and Brian Friel, New York-based literary agent Audrey Wood encouraged and guided the unique talents of playwrights in the Broadway theatre of her day. Audrey Wood and the Playwrights illuminates the gifts and strategies of the tenacious woman at the Liebling-Wood Agency who melded playwrights with producers, directors, and leading actors and shaped the American theatre and film industry during the mid-twentieth century. Wood's story is told here through her interactions with her clients, now household names, whose works she steered through periods of triumph and failure. In an era when women, with the exception of actresses, were rare in the theatre business, she was known as the qgo-toq agent for success in the commercial theater. Dubbed a qguardian agent, q her quiet determination and burning enthusiasm brought America's finest mid-century playwrights to prominence and altered stage history.Room Service opened on May 19, 1937, and registered a smash hit for the new agency. ... Convinced that the play would work if rewritten, Liebling installed the authors in his hotel room at the Piccadilly on West Forty-fifth Street and set them to revising their ... to ordering room service.2 With the steady trundling of carts from the kitchen to Lieblinga#39;s suite, life and art came face to face at the Picadilly Hotel.
|Title||:||Audrey Wood and the Playwrights|
|Publisher||:||Palgrave Macmillan - 2013-01-08|