Horse Eats Hat

Price: 150.00 USD

New York: The Federal Theatre Project/Works Progress Administration, 1936. Single sheet folded to create a four-panel program, measuring 9 x 6 inches (230 x 150 mm) when folded. Printed in blue ink on white paper stock. A scarce program guide for the play "Horse Eats Hat," written by Edwin Denby and Orson Welles, with music by Paul Bowles. Welles directed and appeared in the play, which featured Joseph Cotten, Arlene Francis, and many others. In the play, adapted from a French farce, a horse eats a hat "and the owner of the horse must get the owner of the hat another hat because she can't go home to her husband without it." (The New York Times, September 28, 1936, page 14.) "Horse Eats Hat" was performed at Maxine Elliott's Theatre in New York as part of the Federal Theatre Project during the Depression. (Managing Producer: the great John Houseman). At the opening, the Times informs us, "Half the audience was pretty indignant and the other half quite amused...It can be fought about at a top price of 55 cents." Copies of the program guide are scarce to the market. There were no other copies in commerce as of July 29, 2019. SCARCE. CONDITION: Vertical crease, some soiling and edge wear. A Very Good copy. No Edition Stated.

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