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11. Calder Willingham (playwright)
END AS A MAN: A Play in Three Acts by... From the novel of the same name, Final Corrected Script, 12/3/53
NewYork, 1953. Onionskin typescript, yapped wrappers, brad bound, 24, 42, 20 pp.Tears to edges of wrap- pers, with some marginal creasing and tanning, fine in very good wrappers.An important typescript of this play, which remains to this day unpublished.
Novelist CalderWillingham took his 1947 novel about a southern military academy and adapted it into a 1953 play, which premiered off-Broadway. It was in turn adapted into a 1957 film,THE STRANGE ONE. Both the play and the film were directed by Jack Garfein, a key member of the Actors Studio, and various members of the off-Broadway cast, including Ben Gazzara and Pat Hingle, also appeared in the film.
The story, about a sadistic upperclassman who manipulates and domineers others, had clear homo- erotic overtones on stage; in fact, when New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther reviewed the 1957 film, he referenced “a homosexual angle, so strong in the play.” Portrayals of same-sex attraction were seldom seen on the Broadway stage in mid-century theater, and this play is a significant milestone.

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